Volvo looks to solve medium and heavy-duty EV charging in California

A Volvo VNR Electric charges at the high-powered chargers available to fleets at TEC Equipment, Fontana.

Volvo Trucks North America announced today that it would build a publicly accessible medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging network in California that will connect several of the State’s largest metropolitan areas. The project will consist of five stations that will be completed and operational by the end of 2023.

Volvo Trucks is collaborating with Volvo Financial Services, Volvo Technology of America, Shell Recharge Solutions, TEC Equipment, Affinity Truck Center, and Western Truck Center on the project, which received an award from the California Energy Commission (CEC) of $2 million. “The Energy Commission is thrilled to support the Electrified Charging Corridor project, which will help California meet its goals for zeroing out tailpipe emissions from trucks,” CEC commissioner Patty Monahan said.

The main goal of the project is to “address key barriers to long-range MHD EV deployments and accelerate widespread adoption,” Volvo said. The lineup of chargers extends down as far as La Mirada, California, which is just south of Los Angeles, all the way up to Dixon, California, which is just south of Sacramento. Other stops include Fontana, Bakersfield, Fresno, Oakland, and Stockton.

Volvo Trucks announced a California Electrified Charging Corridor Project for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles with locations at several 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 serving as an extension to chargers already available at the TEC Fontana and TEC La Mirada locations in Southern California.

“This project will open the door to a truly electrified freight future in which zero-tailpipe emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks are no longer limited to short-mileage, return-to-base operations and can reach far and wide across the state,” Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America, said. “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.”

The project will begin initially with the deployment of high-powered chargers at several of Volvo Trucks’ dealerships in Central and Northern California, serving as an extension to publicly available chargers available at two locations in Southern California. Chargers are being placed at “strategic intervals” that will make traveling through various California logistics routes possible, extending the possibility of potential travel in Southern, Central, and Northern California.

The Electrified Charging Corridor Project will enable easier travel for small business fleets who do not have the capital to invest in large-scale charging infrastructure on their sites Additionally, Fleets looking to pilot an EV through rental and short-term lease opportunities will be able to use the charging corridor for their projects, and fleets that need an OEM-neutral location to charge along their routes will also utilize the corridor.

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Volvo looks to solve medium and heavy-duty EV charging in California
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