The startup WattEV aims to make a 25-megawatt electric powered-only truck cease in Bakersfield, California, with charging driven by a solar array. The web-site will be open to the public, but WattEV also programs to use the charging stations for its personal fleet of autos.
Even though a 25-MW capacity, with 40 charging stalls, is the extensive-term aim, the internet site will commence at 4 MW. That would place it about on par with the initially publicly-obtainable electric large-obligation truck charging station, which opened final thirty day period in Portland, Oregon.
It is considerably greater, nevertheless. The 110-acre website is at a main highway intersection at the southern close of California’s San Joaquin Valley, and is located near Amazon and Walmart success centers, a WattEV push launch claimed. The web-site will have a “solar micro-grid” with battery strength storage, but will also get grid electric power from regional utility Pacific Fuel & Electric powered, the release reported.
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WattEV, which claims that it truly is included makers, tech firms, community organizations, and governing administration businesses, is also pushing the system together with its personal fleet. It can be presently manufactured reservations for 50 Tesla Semis, and designs to place extra orders with other manufacturers, on the way to a shared purpose throughout the business of putting 12,000 hefty-obligation battery-electric vehicles on California streets by the conclude of 2030.
Ramping up charging infrastructure for significant vehicles is likely to be a a lot additional significant hurdle, than siting DC fast-charging for electric cars, due to better power calls for. It also faces the exact same standardization difficulties as electrical-car rapidly charging. Truckmakers are nonetheless converging on a megawatt charging standard—and not even Tesla is likely it by itself this time.
On the other hand, WattEV isn’t the only entity preparing focused charging sites for heavy-obligation vehicles. In 2020, utilities unveiled a plan for a West Coast electric freeway linking California, Oregon, and Washington alongside the I-5 highway corridor. The approach known as for some charging websites on connecting highways, together with California Route 99, which passes as a result of Bakersfield. So probably WattEV’s truck end could turn out to be component of that community.