Charging station for electric trucks appears in the Port of Long Beach

May 14, 20220

WattEV and the Port of Long Beach are planning to build an electric truck charging station at the port complex.

“This project is a unique opportunity for WattEV to build an EV charging highway from the Port of Long Beach to Sacramento by the end of 2023,” said Salim Youssefzadeh, CEO of WattEV.

The news was announced at the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) show at the Long Beach Convention Center.

WattEV’s POLB Electric Truck charging Plaza will have 26 charging bays using Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors to provide up to 360 kilowatts of power. The CCS system is the current charging standard for electric trucks. Faster charging systems are under development. Eight more electric truck bays are planned at the POLB charging plaza, with a faster megawatt charging system (MCS) capable of charging up to 1.2 megawatts.

The charging facility will serve WattEV’s truck-as-a-service fleet of electric trucks, as well other carriers involved in the electrification of freight transport.

Together, these two ports receive about 40% of the country’s imports. They have 20,000 internal combustion engine trucks on their roster, over 25% of which are over 10 years old. Both ports have set clean air targets for nearly two decades.

“Charging WattEV electric vehicles at the Port of Long Beach would be an important step towards encouraging carriers to move towards zero-emission freight transport,” Youssefzadeh added. “Sacramento is the northern anchor for our infrastructure development. We plan to build two more charging stations for electric trucks between this place and Long Beach.”

“Our Clean Air Action Plan calls for bold, aggressive action to reduce port emissions and their impact on neighboring communities without compromising economic efficiency and jobs. Our goal is not to ‘reduce’ emissions, but to ‘eliminate’ emissions,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach.

WattEV plans to have 12,000 heavy-duty electric vehicles on the road by 2030 with supporting infrastructure.


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