Electrify America and NFI Industries announced plans to build the single largest electric truck charging infrastructure project in the United States. The joint project is expected to be complete by December, 2023 and will support heavy-duty electric trucks, with 34 ultra-fast DC chargers.
“Electrify America is constantly embarking on innovative initiatives to drive the EV industry forward, and this milestone project is the latest example of the company’s leadership in thinking bigger and bolder about the future of mobility,” said Rachel Moses, Director of Commercial Services, Business Development & Green Cities at Electrify America.
NFI, a fully integrated North American logistics company headquartered in Camden, New Jersey says it will deploy 60 batter-electric drayage trucks. This will make the company the first 100 per cent zero-emission fleet operator and truck shop in California.
The State of California’s Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative, or JETSI, will help fun the purchase of 50 of the trucks, with 10 additional Volvo VNR Electrics funded by Volvo Trucks North America and SWITCH-ON. JETSI is a joint project between the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to advance electric fleet adoption.
“As NFI continues to spearhead supply chain sustainability and minimize the industry’s environmental impact, many elements need to align to ensure we continue making progress,” said Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President of Fleet Services at NFI. “Throughout our experience, we’ve learned that having the right partners, technology, and access to safe, reliable and fast-charging infrastructure are essential to the successful implementation of EVs.”
The charging infrastructure to support this fleet will be installed at NFI’s Ontario, California facility and feature 150kW and 350 kW ultra-fast chargers. The chargers will serve NFI’s growing fleet of battery-electric freight trucks used for drayage at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, picking up containers from the ports and transporting them back to the Ontario facility.
To bolster resiliency, leverage renewable electricity, and reduce ongoing costs, multiple megawatts (MW) of distributed energy resources (DER) will be co-located with the charging infrastructure, including both solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage.
Electrify America is the largest open DC fast charging network in the United States and will invest $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure, education and access. Electrify America says it expects to have more than 1,700 total charging stations with over 9,500 chargers by end of 2025.
Electrify America says it is also continuing its mission to advance electric vehicle adoption among everyday drivers. The company recently announced its “Boost Plan” to more than double its current EV charging infrastructure in the United States and Canada, with plans to have more than 1,800 ultra-fast charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers installed by the end of 2025.
This expansion will increase the deployment of 150 and 350 kilowatt chargers – 350kW being the fastest speed commercially available today – and help pave the way for more electric vehicles in North America.