Volvo Developing Electric Truck Charging Infrastructure

Volvo is developing electric truck charging infrastructure with an EV charging tech maker.

Volvo Trucks is collaborating with Greenlots on chargers for trucks operating out of Southern Californian warehouses. The project has developed out of Volvo’s public-private partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) on its Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project.

The equipment developed will operate on Greenlots’ SKY fleet management software. Greenlots claims the connectivity SKY will bring to Volvo’s trucks, chargers, and energy storage tech will give fleet managers “a comprehensive view of their vehicles’ operational and charging readiness”. CEO Brett Hauser claims it provides “the lowest total cost of ownership by managing energy usage to prevent high utility bills and supplying grid operators with the tools needed to safely integrate EVs and renewables into the grid”.

Greenlots will build and install the chargers as part of its existing joint venture with engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, and will collaborate with fellow charging station maker ABB on their delivery. It says the chargers produced will be some of the first North American tech developed in accordance with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) J3068 protocol for EVs.

Volvo Trucks North America president Peter Voorhoeve claims the project will demonstrate “the end-to-end potential of electrification … [and] provide invaluable experience and data for the whole value chain”.


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