LA-Vegas route to become commercial EV charging corridor

Corridor will form start of wider California charging network

LA-Vegas route to become commercial EV charging corridor
The stations will have heavy-duty vehicle charging facilities

EV charging firm Greenlane will build a corridor of three commercial EV charging stations between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with the first stations opening later this year.

The stations will be in Colton, Barstow and Baker. Additional sites will be announced over the next year to connect the corridor to Southern Nevada and San Pedro, California.

 “The launch of this corridor not only marks a critical step in addressing the urgent need for publicly available, nationwide electric charging for commercial vehicles but will also serve as a model for the EV charging hubs of the future,” says Patrick Macdonald-King, CEO of Greenlane.

The Colton site is planned to have over 60 chargers, including some 400kW direct current fast chargers (DCFCs). The other two sites will have around 20 chargers each.

Later project phases will support both long-duration and overnight charging lanes for larger vehicles. The Colton site will also be designed to accommodate megawatt charging systems (MCS) when they become commercially available.

Greenlane used a predictive modelling tool to determine how many chargers were necessary to meet regional demand.

“Our findings indicated that placing the three stations approximately 60 to 90 miles apart would maximise uptime for day-cab drivers by enabling shorter charging sessions at each stop and ultimately allowing customers to move freight confidently without any limitations,” says Macdonald-King.

Greenlane is a joint venture between Daimler Truck North America, Nextera Energy Resources, and Blackrock.

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The JV hopes to eventually develop a nationwide network of commercial charging infrastructure locations across the US by establishing critical freight corridors and then connecting them.

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