A year-old Southern California firm proposes to construct a truck stop simply north of Bakersfield that would be the first public, solar-equipped facility within the state succesful of recharging heavy- and medium-duty electrical vans anticipated to hit the market inside a yr.
El Segundo-based WattEV mentioned the venture’s $10 million-plus preliminary part would open a dozen charging bays inside two years. Each of its two heaviest-duty chargers would take about half an hour to totally energize a Class-8 truck to hold an 80,000-pound load about 320 miles.
Though open to anybody with even a small electrical automotive to cost, the venture would serve WattEV’s aim of making zero-emission vans obtainable to corporations open to contracting such autos to be used however not essentially shopping for them.
“Bakersfield goes to be one of many for us, and it is actually the proving floor” for truck and battery-charging expertise, firm CEO Salim Youssefzadeh mentioned.
The venture is proposed to be sponsored by grants totaling $5 million from the California Energy Commission, which sees the proposal as an indication of transformative expertise for accelerating industrial deployment of electrical autos with a variety of hauling capacities.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has thrown its help behind the venture. The company’s govt director mentioned in a sequence of letters to the fee in December that it sees WattEV’s venture as important to advancing electrical car adoption for heavy- and medium-duty transportation.
“The district acknowledges the significance of zero and near zero transportation tasks within the valley and the potential for battery electrical medium and heavy-duty vans to create important reductions in standards air pollutant emissions,” the air district mentioned by e-mail this week. The company added it might provide WattEV direct monetary assist as properly.
Kern County was chosen for WattEV’s first truck stop partly as a result of of the substantial truck site visitors working between the Central Valley and ports in Southern California, the corporate acknowledged. Youssefzadeh mentioned another excuse was the provision of a 110-acre property situated about two miles north of Merle Haggard Drive alongside Highway 65.
With battery power storage, a connection to the state energy grid and solar-power era on web site, the venture’s price ticket is ultimately anticipated to succeed in $30 million. At that time it’s anticipated to have greater than 40 charging bays providing complete capability of greater than 20 megawatts.
By 2030 the corporate goals to energy 12,000 heavy-duty electrical vans on California roads. It mentioned it has reserved 50 Tesla Semis and is ordering extra tools from different producers.
The venture’s heavy-duty chargers would put out greater than 1 megawatt of energy, Youssefzadeh mentioned. The web site’s medium-duty bays would present 350 kilowatts and the light-duty chargers would ship 250 megawatts.
Both of the lower-power chargers would be appropriate for passenger vehicles or tractor-trailers with sufficient time to be charged in a single day in trade for a cheaper charging price.
WattEV’s enterprise mannequin is designed to deal with what Youssefzadeh sees as a chicken-and-egg drawback hampering wider use of electric-powered tractor-trailers. Trucking corporations do not wish to put money into new electrical autos till charging infrastructure turns into obtainable, he mentioned, and charging stations aren’t being constructed as a result of there aren’t sufficient autos to make use of them.
The firm hopes to beat that dilemma by providing what he known as an all-inclusive answer that may assist operators of small fleets make the transition to zero-emission transportation.
As he defined in a information launch, this “trucks-as-a-service” mannequin will fast-track the transition to larger use of electrical autos for hauling functions.
“Focusing on the income and revenue potential of an electrical truck, reasonably than the fastened and variable value of proudly owning a brand new or used diesel truck, is how we are able to get extra drivers into extra electrical vans extra rapidly,” Youssefzadeh mentioned. He added, “Waiting for the market to mature organically — on the price it is presently going — might take greater than a decade.”
Editor’s observe: This story has been revised to extra precisely replicate the situation of the venture and the kind of autos that would use its strongest chargers.