Greenlots, a global provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging software and solutions, has announced a new collaboration with Volvo Trucks to deploy charging infrastructure for electric trucks operating out of warehouses in Southern California.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently awarded $44.8 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for Volvo’s Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project. As part of this project, Greenlots will outfit warehouses with heavy- and light-duty charging infrastructure, integrate the chargers with on-site solar PV and energy storage systems, and leverage Greenlots’ charging network management software to deploy Volvo’s first electrified trucks in North America.
All of the charging equipment for the project – including both Level 2 chargers and 150 kW DC fast-chargers – will operate on Greenlots’ SKY enterprise software platform to enable better management of Volvo’s fleet, charging stations and energy storage systems. Volvo Trucks’ connectivity system will also be integrated to provide truck operators with a comprehensive view of their vehicles’ operational and charging readiness.
Greenlots will work with ABB and other charging station manufacturers to provide the equipment and partner with Burns & McDonnell to engineer, construct and install the new EV charging stations. According to Greenlots, the project will be one of the first in North America to demonstrate a new heavy-duty vehicle charging standard, SAE J3068, in real-world applications.
“This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification,” says Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “From solar energy harvesting at our customer locations, to electric vehicle uptime services, to potential second uses for batteries, this project will provide invaluable experience and data for the whole value chain.”
Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.