WattEV, NFI Fleet and Charging offerings boost electric trucking


Electric trucking startup WattEV Inc. and highway carrier NFI Industries have announced separate plans to add electric trucks and charging infrastructure to move to sustainable operations at southern California ports.

WattEV Inc. said it got a $ 5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build the state’s first solar-powered truck stop for heavy electric trucks and expects to launch the project in late October.

WattEV also announced at the ACT Expo Clean Transportation Conference in Long Beach on Tuesday that it had secured incentive vouchers from the California Air Resources Board to purchase six Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractors and had applied for 24 truck vouchers. additional electrics.

The agreements are part of El Segundo, California’s efforts to launch an electric trucking and charging network.


The first electric truck stop will be located in Bakersfield. WattEV is planning similar projects in San Bernardino and Gardena in Southern California. Both will serve the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach and local warehouses.

“The electric truck shutdown at Bakersfield is the first step in our commitment to help build the network of charging infrastructure needed to accelerate the transition of the heavy-duty trucking industry to electric propulsion and to put more heavy-duty electric trucks on. drive to California as quickly as possible, ”said Salim Youssefzadeh, CEO of WattEV.

The company’s goal is to deploy 12,000 electric heavy-duty trucks by 2030, he said.

Others are looking to deploy electric trucks as California prepares to wean port traffic from diesel trucks.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex is the largest commercial gateway for containerized freight in North America. Ports handle 20 percent of all cargo destined for the United States. But particulate matter and Co2 emissions from the 16,000 trucks entering and exiting ports daily are responsible for poor air quality in the port area and along the highways they use to inland distribution centers. California is pushing trucking companies and shippers to cut pollution and plans to eventually ban diesel trucks.


Several hydrogen and electric fuel cell truck programs are underway in the port complex and the surrounding area.

Also at ACT Expo, Electrify America and NFI Industries announced that they will build the nation’s largest charging infrastructure project for heavy-duty electric trucks at a distribution center in Ontario, California. It will have 34 ultra-fast DC chargers and is expected to be completed. by December 2023.

NFI said it will deploy 60 battery-powered electric dump trucks for transport between ports and the distribution center. This would make it the first 100% zero emission truck fleet operator and store in California.

WattEV said it will operate 30 electric trucks for Southern California fleet customers by the end of this year.

So far, it has only announced a deal with Total Transportation Services Inc. The haulier is considering switching to electric trucks for its operations at ports and Bakersfield. It will begin by offering electric trucking to shippers in Southern California on the routes served by the WattEV platform.

WattEV plans to offer electric transportation via a truck-as-a-service platform that operates routes and charging stations. The selling point is that it will be a transportation service that can help shippers meet sustainability goals.

The platform will operate as an all-inclusive kilometer billing formula that will allow a carrier to move goods normally handled with diesel trucks on routes selected by shippers.

Jerry Hirsch August 31, 2021

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