Daimler Truck JV opens corridor of EV charging stations in the US | Autocar Professional


Daimler Truck has announced Greenlane Infrastructure’s first EV charging corridor for commercial vehicles in the United States.

Greenlane, a joint venture between Daimler Truck North America, NextEra Energy Resources, and BlackRock (through a fund managed by its Climate Infrastructure business), is aiming to design, develop, install and operate a high-performance zero-emission public charging and hydrogen refuelling network for medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles in the United States. The launch of the charging corridor marks a critical step in Greenlane’s mission to address the urgent need for a publicly available electric charging infrastructure.

450-kilometre corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas
The new charging corridor with more than 100 chargers and modern amenities alongside Interstate I-15 aims to accelerate the rollout of carbon-neutral freight transportation with three initial charging locations in Colton, Barstow and Baker, California. Over the next year, further locations will be added along the corridor, extending beyond Southern Nevada and to San Pedro in California.

“After considering various factors, such as truck telematics data, frequent freight routes and customer deployment strategy, the Greenlane team selected these three optimal locations for our first commercial charging corridor to accelerate the transition to zero emissions,” said Patrick Macdonald-King, CEO of Greenlane. “The launch of this corridor not only marks a critical step in addressing the urgent need for publicly available, nationwide electric charging for commercial vehicles but will also serve as a model for the EV charging hubs of the future.”  

Designed to upgrade and enhance the current rest stop experience, each Greenlane site will have wide pull-through lanes, allowing drivers to enter and exit the property quickly and easily. While waiting for vehicles to charge, drivers can access modern facilities, with restrooms and other amenities, including food and beverage options.

Greenlane aims to develop a nationwide network of commercial charging infrastructure locations across the U.S. The charging sites will also serve battery-electric passenger car and light-duty fleet customers and are designed to provide hydrogen refuelling for commercial vehicles in the coming years.

Greenlane is targeting the groundbreaking of the first site in Colton this year, aiming to open in late 2024. At full build the Colton site is planned to have over 60 chargers, including 400 kW Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) to speed charging of medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). More 200 kW DCFC charging options onsite will enable long-duration and overnight charging for heavy-duty tractors, medium-duty ZEVs and school buses. Later project phases will support both long-duration and overnight charging lanes for tractor-trailer combinations. The Greenlane site in Colton will also be future-proofed to accommodate the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) when commercially available.

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