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Southern California’s largest heavy-duty EV charging depot launched

Southern California’s largest heavy-duty EV charging depot launched
Southern California’s largest heavy-duty EV charging depot launched

Performance Team and Prologis, Inc. have launched Southern California’s largest heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging depot. It is located near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and powered by the nation’s largest EV truck microgrid.

Due to California’s plans to ban diesel trucks and switch to electric drayage trucks by 2035 and electric heavy-duty trucks by 2045, companies are building charging stations to support this change. This project is an important part of the infrastructure needed to achieve the state’s goals.

Why does this initiative matter? “The future of heavy-duty trucking is pollution-free, and companies in California are leading the way. This public-private partnership to create California’s largest electric truck charging depot will reduce pollution and speed the adoption of electric trucks,” says Wade Crowfoot, California natural resources secretary. 

Leaders in logistics 

Performance Team which is a Maersk owned company runs over 140 electric vehicles in the US. While Prologis, Inc. is a global leader in logistics real estate, focusing on high-demand markets. 

The company owns about 1.2 billion square feet of properties in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern logistics facilities to around 6,700 customers, mainly in business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment sectors.

Sustainable transportation practices 

Logistics companies are switching to sustainable transportation practices by going the EV route. These vehicles can be cheaper to operate due to lower fuel and maintenance costs than diesel trucks.

Another advantage for tuckers is that advances in battery technology have increased the range and reliability of electric trucks, making them more viable for long-haul and heavy-duty use.

EVs are a supply chain alternative 

The Denker charging depot is located off the Harbor (110) Freeway in Los Angeles on Denker Avenue, just five miles from Interstate 405 and California State Route 91 (SR91). This facility can charge up to 96 electric trucks at once. 

Built by Prologis and Performance Team in just five months, it will be used by Performance Team’s Volvo VNR Electric trucks. These trucks have a range of 240 miles and can charge up to 80% in 90 minutes.

Charles van der Steene, regional president for Maersk North America, says it is the company’s ambition to drive the industry shift toward decarbonized supply chains. “This facility strengthens our ability to offer customers a decarbonized alternative to conventional trucking and brings us closer to our goal of reaching net zero by 2040,” says van der Steene. 

Photo Credit: Maersk

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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