First Charging Site for Heavy-Duty Trucks

by Apr 22, 2021

Automotive company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) along with Portland General Electric (PGE) has officially opened the first of its kind charging site for heavy duty trucks. The charging site, which goes by the name of Electric Island, is located on Swan Island in Portland near the DTNA headquarters and is open to public for all kinds of EV charging including electric cars, buses, box vans and semi-trucks. The site consists of eight high power charging station with a power capacity of up to 350 kW each, supplied by different manufacturers which includes Charge Point, ABB, BTC Power and Proterra. Current chargers are expected to be replaced by 1 MW chargers which is why Electric Island has been wired for 5 MW of charging capacity to be future-proof ready for the potential installation of these chargers when they are launched. The site is essentially aimed at accelerating the electrification of commercial vehicles. The next step they expect to take is the installation of an energy storage system to keep the peak power demand under control. DTNA has opened bookings on orders for the two electric truck models, Class 8 Freightliner eCascadia and Class 6 Freightliner eM2 for delivery in 2022. The company also provides other EVs including transit buses with Proterra and school buses with Thomas Built buses subsidiary. Link to the news: