PGE and Daimler building 'Electric Island' to recharge trucks
Portland General Electric and Daimler Trucks North America are partnering to build "Electric Island," a large public charging site for medium- and heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles expected to be the first of its kind in the United States.
The site is under construction now near DTNA headquarters on Swan Island in Portland and is designed to support up to nine vehicle charging stations with charging levels of up to greater than one megawatt by the spring of 2021. It is intended to help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero emissions commercial vehicles.
"In cooperation with PGE, and with the plan to expand electric vehicle charging right here in Portland to support not only our EV charging needs, but those of other drivers in the area, we are paving the way to a brighter, cleaner CO2-neutral future. As the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, we can accelerate this shift and are excited to address, holistically, the complete EV ecosystem. Daimler Trucks has made Portland our home for the past 73 years and having been born and raised in Oregon, I am incredibly proud to help make Swan Island an Electric Island," said DTNA President and CEO Roger Nielsen.
"Oregon's transportation future is electric, and with global leaders like Daimler Trucks North America right here in Portland, we have the opportunity to accelerate a clean energy transition. We are excited to launch this cutting-edge partnership with DTNA, demonstrating what is possible when utilities and the automotive industry collaborate and innovate," said PGE President and CEO Maria Pope.
Electric Island will provide DTNA, PGE and the public with the opportunity to charge light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Plans for more chargers, on-site energy storage, solar power generation, and a product and technology showcase building are currently being finalized. Powered by DTNA's enrollment in PGE's Green Future Impact renewable energy program, the site will be greenhouse gas emissions-free, including all vehicle charging.
PGE is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service-area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities.
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, also headquartered in Portland, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It is pioneering the development of electric commercial trucks.
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