Electric Island is the result of a collaboration and partnership with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Portland General Electric (PGE). Daimler is the quintessential American truck manufacturer. Portland General Electric (PGE) is an energy company. This is the first electric charging site that is tailored specifically for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
Electric Island is available for Public Use
Moreover, because the headquarters of both companies are, in fact, in Portland, that is also where Electric Island is located. Also, it’s right across the street from DTNA. All trucks are welcome and you can say most of its stations are available for public use. Eight vehicle charging stations recently open. It doesn’t discriminate based on the shape or size at the newly open location. Therefore, buses, semi-trucks, and electric cars can also drop in for a recharge.
The Island Also Doubles as an Experimental Center
In fact, Electric Island functions as an experimental center. Moreover, It is more than just a convenient charging site for trucks. Therefore, DTNA and PGE can also conduct their research for further charging development. Considered a pioneering station, it will provide important data connected to both charger performance and trucks’ charging performance.
There are future plans for this collaboration which include replacing present chargers with super-strong 1-megawatt ones, thus integrating solar power, and developing solutions for on-site energy storage.
Electric Island: West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative
To align with the blueprint of the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative (WCCTCI) is Electric Island, the first charging station. The goal of creating a network of charging stations for freight and delivery trucks that, would, in fact, be available for public use. This is the reason energy companies and government agencies came together within WCCTCI.
Trucks and the Impact of Full Electrification
Trucks are subtly, but strongly, making their way towards full electrification. This is more important than we might think. In fact, trucks are responsible for a substantial percentage of the total CO2 emission in the U.S., and bringing them to a zero-emission point is sure to have a powerful impact on the environment.