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Trova Announces Alliance With Chateau Energy Solutions

Trova chassis at TMC 2023
A Trova chassis on display at TMC 2023 in Orlando, Fla. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Trova Commercial Vehicles announced its partnership with Chateau Energy Solutions, an electric vehicle charging infrastructure developer during a media event at the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition on Feb. 27.

The commercial electric vehicle manufacturer’s alliance will provide diesel-to-electric Class 8 vehicle refits, new Class 8 battery-electric yard trucks and charging infrastructure to commercial fleets. Trova Commercial Vehicles founder and CEO Patrick Collignon said that the partnership will help accelerate market acceptance of zero-emission commercial vehicles.

In a presentation held on the exhibit floor at TMC 2023, Collignon noted the company’s new rolling chassis designed specifically for battery-electric commercial vehicles. With the chassis, Collignon said, Trova offers a D2E re-powering program that converts an older Class 8 truck into an electric vehicle in 48 working hours. He added that this offering may provide alternative choices for fleet managers.

“Our aim is to look for solutions that are not necessarily immediately in the area of the large OEM,” Collignon said. “We are looking for new market segments that are complementary to what the large OEMs are pursuing. We fully recognize that for the world to achieve the lofty targets by 2030, there will be more solutions than just the sale of new vehicles.”

Patrick Collignon, left, and Todd Jarvis

Trova's Patrick Collignon (left) and Chateu's Todd Jarvis on the exhibit hall floor at TMC 2023. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics) 

In addition to newer designs from Trova, the Chateau partnership brings charging infrastructure expertise for commercial fleet owners during the electrification process, which likely will include the procurement of electric vehicles, design, incentive administration, charging infrastructure management and financing.

“Ordering new battery-electric vehicles is exciting for fleets, yet they are quickly met by the realities of complex electrical infrastructure upgrades, disruptive construction and frustrating permitting processes,” Chateau Chief Operating Officer Todd Jarvis said.

Jarvis noted the journey does not end with the purchase of an electric truck for fleet managers, but marks the beginning. He said the partnership with Trova will be an added value for customers who need guidance for fleet electrification.

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