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BlackRock-backed Greenlane picks first truck charging sites

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Greenlane, a joint venture between BlackRock, NextEra Energy Resources, and Daimler Truck North America, plans to build its first charging sites for electric trucks in Southern California, Alan reports.

Why it matters: Commercial haulers need to know they'll be able to plug in and top up to switch from diesel to electric.

Catch up quick: Greenlane has raised $675 million to build a nationwide charging network for medium- and heavy-duty electric and hydrogen-fueled trucks.

The latest: The startup said it will break ground this spring on its debut charging location in Colton, California, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

  • The site, at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 215, will be the first in a 280-mile corridor between L.A. and Las Vegas.
  • Greenlane plans to build two more sites in Barstow and Baker, California.

The intrigue: The trio of charging sites are together geared toward quick top-ups.

  • "Placing the three stations approximately 60 to 90 miles apart would maximize uptime for day-cab drivers by enabling shorter charging sessions at each stop," CEO Patrick Macdonald-King said in a statement.

State of play: Greenlane is among a crop of companies building truck-charging sites in California.

California last fall enacted an ambitious Advanced Clean Fleets rule requiring haulers to buy only zero-emissions trucks starting Jan. 1.

  • Commercial trucks need to be 100% emissions-free by 2042 — and some, such as box trucks, as soon as 2035.

Greenlane aims to open the Colton site in Q4. Its plans call for 60 chargers there, including 400 kW fast chargers needed for bigger batteries in commercial trucks.

  • The company, based in Juno Beach, Florida, is planning further charging locations in San Pedro, California, and Southern Nevada.
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