Daimler, Portland utility open “Electric Island” charging site

By Mike Brezonick21 April 2021

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and electric utility Portland General Electric (PGE) opened to the public a heavy-duty electric truck charging site called “Electric Island.” Electric Island will help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero-emissions (tank to wheel) commercial vehicles, like the ones manufactured by DTNA, the company said.

Electric Island charging station A charging station at Electric Island. The facility is designed to charge all types of electric vehicles.

First announced in December 2020, Electric Island opens with eight vehicle charging stations – a majority of which are available for public use – for the charging of electric cars, buses, box vans and heavy-duty trucks. The site is built to immediately provide charging for EVs of all shapes and sizes, and will serve as an innovation center, allowing both PGE and DTNA to study energy management, charger use and performance, and, in the case of DTNA, its own vehicles’ charging performance.

Electric Island is aligned to the blueprint of the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative (WCCTCI), a collaboration between nine electric utilities and two government agencies aiming to electrify 1300 miles of I-5 across the three West Coast states.

More information on the Electric Island station is available at New Power Progress.

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