WattEV awarded $40.5M to build truck charging depots

WattEV awarded $40.5M to build truck charging depots

WattEV secured two grants to expand its network of electric truck stops into Northern California and Oregon.

WattEV announced it secured $40.5 million in grants to further expand its network of electric truck stops into Northern California and Oregon.

WattEV has been awarded two separate grants: one for a solar-powered truck charging depot across Interstate 5 from the airfreight hub adjacent to Sacramento International Airport; and another for a grid-connected charging depot along Interstate 5 in Salem, Ore.

WattEV also secured a $34 million federal grant through the California Transportation Commission to build and operate what will become the nation’s largest electric charging depot on more than 100 acres of land immediately south of Sacramento International Airport (SMF) on Interstate 5. The SMF project is expected to open in mid- to late-2025 with 15.6 MW of solar power supplemented by 7.2 MW of grid power supplied by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

The company said its SMF depot will have 30 DC fast chargers for passenger vehicles, 90 high-power CCS-1 cords for medium- and heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles, and 18-megawatt cords for pass-through charging of HD trucks using the upcoming Megawatt Charging Standard (MCS).

“We’re proud to partner with WattEV as they continue to advance the transition of U.S. trucking transport to zero emissions,” Cindy Nichol, director of Sacramento County Department of Airports, said. “Sacramento International Airport’s proximity to one of largest goods distribution centers in the state makes this an ideal location to serve California’s ‘electric highway.”

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