Volvo in partnership to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure

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LOS ANGELES — Greenlots, an international provider of electric vehicle charging software and solutions, today announced it will collaborate with global OEM Volvo Trucks to deploy charging infrastructure for electric trucks operating out of warehouses in Southern California.

This is the first heavy-duty fleet-charging project stemming from a significant public-private partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), according to a Volvo/Greenlots news release.

CARB awarded $44.8 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for Volvo’s Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project.

As part of the project, Greenlots will outfit warehouses with heavy- and light-duty charging infrastructure, integrate the chargers with onsite solar and energy storage systems, and use its 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 150kW DC fast-chargers — will operate on Greenlots’ SKY enterprise software platform to enable 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.

“The benefits of electrifying medium- and heavy-duty fleets are enormous, but so are the power requirements to charge these large vehicles,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots. “Our best-in-class solution offers fleet owners 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 electric vehicles and renewables into the grid.”

Greenlots will work with ABB and other charging station manufacturers to provide the equipment, while partnering with Burns & McDonnell to engineer, construct and install the new charging stations.

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, according to the release.

“This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification,” said 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 billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Greenlots services equip drivers, site hosts and network operators to deploy, manage, and leverage electric vehicle charging infrastructure at scale and delivering new mobility infrastructure solutions designed to connect people to their destinations in a safer, cleaner and smarter way.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company’s global footprint spans across three continents with deployments in 13 countries. For more information, visit: www.greenlots.com.

Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional customers, offering a range of medium- to heavy-duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of 2,100 dealers and workshops in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 16 countries across the globe.

In 2017, more than 112,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo Group, a leading manufacturer of trucks, buses, and of construction equipment and marine and industrial engines.

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