December 1, 2020 3:15 PM, EST

DTNA, Portland Utility to Develop Fueling Site for Electric Trucks

DTNA-Portland electric facilityRendering of the project site, where nine charging stations are planned to be operational in spring of 2021. (Daimler Trucks North America)

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Daimler Trucks North America and utility company Portland General Electric announced the co-development of a public charging site for medium- and heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles that is expected to be the first of its kind in the United States.

The companies intend the venture to help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero-emission (tank-to-wheel) commercial vehicles. DTNA has joined PGE’s Green Future Impact renewable energy program, and the site, called Electric Island, will be greenhouse gas emission-free, including all vehicle charging.

Electric Island is under construction near DTNA headquarters in Portland, Ore., and is designed to support up to nine vehicle charging stations with charging levels of up to greater than 1 megawatt by spring of 2021. Light vehicles also will be accommodated.

The companies reported their plans for more chargers, on-site energy storage and solar power generation, and a product and technology showcase building are being finalized.

“We are paving the way to a brighter, cleaner CO2-neutral future,” Roger Nielsen, CEO of DTNA, said in a release. “As the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, we can accelerate this shift and are excited to address, holistically, the complete EV ecosystem.”

DTNA-Portland electric facility

Rendering of the product and technology showcase building, plans for which are currently being finalized. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Areas included in the planned study of heavy-duty charging are:

  • Use of vehicle chargers featuring power delivery of up to over 1 megawatt (more than four times faster than today’s fastest light-duty vehicle chargers), enabling PGE and DTNA to develop best practices for cost-effective future deployments.
  • Integration of heavy-duty charging technology into PGE’s Smart Grid, such as vehicle-to-grid technologies, second-life use of Daimler’s battery packs and on-site energy generation.
  • Testing information technology opportunities such as fleet and energy management by captive solutions and services.

“We are excited to launch this cutting-edge partnership with DTNA, demonstrating what is possible when utilities and the automotive industry collaborate and innovate,” said Maria Pope, CEO of PGE. — Transport Topics

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