Daimler Trucks NA & Portland General Electric Open Electric Island
Daimler Trucks North America and Portland General Electric opened to the public the first-of-its-kind heavy-duty electric truck charging site, called Electric Island. Electric Island will help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero emissions commercial vehicles, like the ones manufactured by DTNA. First announced in December 2020, Electric Island opened with eight vehicle charging stations, a majority of which are available for public use, for the charging of electric cars, buses, box vans and semi-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 located across the street from DTNA headquarters, less than one mile from I-5, and represents the first location specifically designed for medium- and heavy-duty trucks aligned to the blueprint of the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative. WCCTCI’s collaboration between nine electric utilities and two government agencies yielded a strategic plan in 2020 to electrify 1,300 miles of I-5 across the three West Coast states to provide publicly available charging for freight and delivery trucks.
The site is designed to keep Electric Island future-proof, allowing the chargers of today to be replaced with new charger technologies of the future, including the planned 1+ megawatt chargers, when they are released. Additional plans for future on-site energy storage, solar power generation, and a product and technology showcase building remain under development.