Mega push for heavy-duty EV charging

A California-based startup announced plans in May to build what it claims is the nation’s first 25-megawatt, electric-only public truck stop to serve transport at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. WattEV’s pilot truck stop in Bakersfield will feature a solar micro-grid with battery storage, plus grid energy from PG&E. Initial output will be 4 MW, eventually growing to 25 MW feeding more than 40 charging bays.

WattEV also has developed a Trucks as a Service (TaaS) business model to help accelerate the adoption of electric trucks. The startup already has reserved its first 50 Tesla Semis and plans to place more orders with other OEMs…

One OEM recently opened a “first-of-its-kind” heavy-duty electric truck charging site available to the public for all levels of EV charging. Working with Portland General Electric, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) opened the “Electric Island” site with eight charging stations suitable for electric cars, buses, box vans and semi-trucks.