Uber Freight and public electric commercial truck charging network service provider Greenlane, a $650 million joint venture of Daimler Truck North America, NextEra Energy Resources and BlackRock Alternatives, revealed a collaboration aiming to accelerate the development and installation of public charging infrastructure for Heavy Duty Battery Electric Vehicles (HD BEVs). The company said this collaboration will, in turn, accelerate the adoption and deployment of HD BEVs at scale and represents a critical step in determining how HD BEVs can operate and distribute goods as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
Greenlane said it will leverage insights from Uber Freight’s logistics network, representing $18 billion in active Freight Under Management, to unlock critical learnings regarding the future development and installation of public charging stations on highways in North America.
Uber Freight said its vast network data will augment Greenlane’s own data analysis to determine corridors that are prime candidates for early HD BEV deployment, charging infrastructure needs, and the addressability of shipping lanes for electrification. The two organizations will also explore leveraging Uber Freight’s marketplace technology to incorporate in-application charging appointment scheduling, surface Greenlane charging stations, fuel card partnership discounts and more directly to carriers.
While major advances have been made in recent years regarding freight electrification, a lack of publicly available, nationwide electric charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles persists as a barrier to increased HD BEV deployment by fleets, Uber Freight said. By combining Uber Freight’s network insights with Greenlane’s goal to build a nationwide charging network for commercial vehicles, the organizations said they can enhance the ability to build public charging stations where they are most needed.