NEWSNOTES | June 6, 2024
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | June 6, 2024

NEWSNOTES | June 6, 2024

Thursday, June 6, 2024 / Kimberly Taylor

Port Newark in New Jersey will be the location for Zeem Solutions’ new electric truck charging depot. Their mega depot should be up and running by the fourth quarter of 2025—it will assist regional fleet operators with electric trucks and provide overnight parking/charging for 200 trucks and daytime charging for up to 300 trucks. Ree Automotive was in Las Vegas last month where they unveiled the next generation of their P7-S stripped chassis. Their current lineup offers OEMs and fleets to upgrade EVs to full by-wire, software-driven technology. Customer delivery of the next-gen P7-S demo will take place this month.  

The nonprofit organization Food Forward is focused on ending hunger and reducing food waste. The truck they have chosen to pick up commercial, private, and agricultural food surplus is the Volvo VNR Electric truck. The zero-tailpipe emissions truck will assist in the recovery and distribution of 80,000 to 120,000 lbs. of surplus daily.  

Plus is an autonomous driving software supplier that is working in partnership with Hyundai Motor Company, and they’ve unveiled the first Level 4 autonomous Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck in the U.S. Air Products has plans to build a permanent network of commercial-scale, multi-modal hydrogen refueling stations throughout California, designed to service big trucks. The stations will be equipped to serve heavy-duty vehicles, including commercial and municipal trucks and buses as well as light-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.  

Endera is a technology company that specializes in electric shuttle buses among other offerings. They recently announced that Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has purchased three electric shuttle buses as part of their guest transportation fleet. The buses will be used for airport and local attraction delivery.   

Greenlane, one of CALSTART’s newest members, has a public fast-charging and hydrogen refueling network for zero-emission commercial vehicles. The company anticipates having up to 20 sites by the end of 2025. The first corridor will be in Southern California with charging sites in Colton, Barstow, and Baker. They are also looking at the Pacific Northwest and Texas metro areas as future charging corridors.  

Voltera is a leading developer, owner, and operator of charging infrastructure for zero-emission vehicle fleets. CEO Matt Horton, in a recent interview, suggested that megawatt charging, also known as Megawatt Charging System (MCS), isn’t progressing quickly enough—but it will be critical for the success of long-haul transportation.