A partnership between the public and private sectors has had a significant impact on the establishment of a charging depot for electric truck vehicles.

In May, a new electric vehicle (EV) truck charging depot was launched in Los Angeles, thanks to an innovative public-private partnership between Prologis, Inc., Performance Team — A Maersk Company, and local utility companies. This charging depot, located near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, is the largest in Southern California for heavy-duty EVs and is powered by the nation’s largest EV truck microgrid, which runs on natural gas from Southern California Gas Co.

Situated just off the Harbor (110) Freeway on Denker Avenue, the 9 megawatt (MW) Denker charging depot has the capacity to charge up to 96 EV trucks simultaneously. Prologis and Performance Team were able to build this facility in just five months, showcasing their commitment to driving the industry shift towards decarbonized supply chains. Performance Team will be utilizing their fleet of Volvo VNR Electric trucks, which have a range of 240 miles and can charge up to 80% in just 90 minutes.

According to Charles van der Steene, regional president for Maersk North America, “It is our ambition to drive the industry shift toward decarbonized supply chains. Expanding the charging infrastructure for commercial electric vehicles is a key part of that. This facility strengthens our ability to offer customers a decarbonized alternative to conventional trucking and brings us closer to our goal of reaching net zero by 2040.”

Henrik Holland, global head of Prologis Mobility, also expressed his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We’re delighted to collaborate with Maersk on this important and innovative new commercial truck charging facility. To bring the depot online quickly, we delivered an innovative on-demand charging solution as an interim power connection measure. The transition to zero emissions is a priority for both companies, and we’re proud to be on this journey together.”

This project is a crucial step towards meeting California’s goal of ending the sale of diesel trucks and transitioning to electric drayage trucks by 2035 and electric heavy-duty trucks by 2045. However, there are still challenges to overcome, such as upgrading the electrical grid. To address this, companies like Prologis and Maersk are investing heavily in California to find innovative and creative solutions that can get EV trucks on the road immediately.

In the development of the Denker charging depot, Prologis took the lead in installing the charging infrastructure to expedite the project and get trucks on the road sooner, rather than waiting for the grid upgrade, which could take up to two years. They worked with Mainspring Energy to develop an innovative charging solution, creating a microgrid that can operate independently from the local grid. This microgrid uses 2.75 MW of fuel-flexible, hydrogen-ready linear generators and 18 MWh of batteries to provide up to 9 MW of charging capacity.

This project is a prime example of the power of public-private partnerships in driving innovation and overcoming energy supply hurdles. As the future of heavy-duty transportation shifts towards decarbonization, collaborations like this will play a crucial role in achieving a more sustainable future. 

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