Volvo Trucks North America is joining forces with Shell Recharge Solutions, and others, to develop a medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle (MHD EV) charging network that connects several of California’s largest metropolitan areas. The project will get underway in 2022, with all five stations anticipated to be online by the end of 2023.
With an award from the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Electrified Charging Corridor Project will address key barriers to long-range MHD EV deployments and accelerate widespread adoption.
With publicly accessible charging stations strategically located at convenient intervals, fleets utilising battery-electric trucks will be able to complete zero-tailpipe emissions routes between Southern, Central, and Northern California
During the next 18 months, the project will deploy high-powered chargers at several existing Volvo Trucks’ dealership locations in Central and Northern California, including TEC Equipment Oakland, TEC Equipment Dixon, Western Truck Center in Stockton, and Affinity Truck Centers in Fresno and Bakersfield.
Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “We are excited to begin construction of the Electrified Charging Corridor Project this year in collaboration with these pioneering truck dealerships so that we can further support fleets in successfully integrating battery-electric trucks into their operations, including our Volvo VNR Electric model. With the support of the CEC helping to drive and manifest this project, we will see an accelerated progression with ripple effects across the industry.”
Matt Androski, chief commercial officer, Shell Recharge Solutions, adds: “This investment for an electric truck charging corridor is critical to accelerate customer confidence in today’s commercial battery-electric offerings. Shell Recharge Solutions is excited to be a part of this innovative charging infrastructure initiative, which will alleviate range anxiety for electric truck customers traveling throughout Southern, Central, and Northern California.”
Volvo Trucks North America, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturers in North America.