Business View Magazine | April 2021

11 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE APRIL 2021 Collaboration of Daimler Trucks North America, Portland General Electric reflects critical need to build infrastructure for electrified trucking fleets A s the automotive industry accelerates the delivery of electrified truck models, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Portland General Electric (PGE) are teaming up on a first-of-its-kind, public charging station specially designed for medium and heavy-duty electric commercial trucks. Black & Veatch, a leading provider of zero-emission vehicle transportation solutions, is now working to bring the Portland, Oregon “Electric Island” project online to demonstrate high power charging infrastructure scaled to accommodate electric trucks and their large batteries capable of moving up to 80,000 pounds at highway speeds. Against the backdrop of the advances in electrified trucking and the push to lower or altogether eliminate transportation’s carbon footprint, the project is scheduled to open this spring near DTNA’s headquarters and will feature nine charging stations. The site also will serve as a testing and innovation location, with plans for more chargers, on-site energy storage, solar power generation, a product and technology showcase building, and chargers capable of up to 1 megawatt of charging capacity. That’s more than four times faster than today’s fastest light- duty vehicle chargers. On what officially is known as Swan Island, the “Electric Island” joint venture addresses the nexus of electrified trucks and the grid while creating opportunities for tomorrow’s EV drivers and utility customers. Powered by DTNA’s enrollment in PGE’s “Green Future Impact” renewable energy program, the site – and all vehicle charging – will be powered with no BLACK & VEATCH LEADS DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION OF `ELECTRIC IS CAPACITY PUBLIC CHARGING STATION DESIGNED FOR MEDIUM- AN OPENING L INES