Electric Truck Research and Utilization Center (eTRUC) for RHETTA
Advancing high power charging technologies, corridor planning, and operational flexibility for fleets of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles with public truck charging stations in highly trafficked freight corridors
The project held a kick off meeting in December 2021 and is currently executing subcontracts with project partners. Priority activities for early 2022 include establishing a Community First Advisory Committee, Workforce Advisory Committee, and Industry Advisory Committee to inform project activities.
This Agreement funds applied research and development and technology demonstration and deployment activities through the creation of a research hub that will engage broad stakeholders including but not limited to pollution burdened communities, truck fleets, charging equipment and service providers, electric utilities, and planning agencies. The agreement will: investigate high efficiency high power charging components, systems, and standards; collect, aggregate, and visualize data on large weight class truck traffic in Southern California and statewide; and deploy public access high power charging infrastructure and distributed energy resources at two pilot sites that increase the operational flexibility of large battery electric trucks focusing initially on drayage operations. The agreement will also produce workforce development strategies and guidebooks for future deployments that can support state goals related to deployment of zero emission vehicles and infrastructure.
This Agreement will result in lower ratepayer costs associated with deployment of adequate charging infrastructure for large weight class electric trucks through charger management and integration of distributed energy resources.
The high power charging technologies and public demonstration sites supported through this grant can help reduce greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions from medium- and heavy duty trucks benefiting burdened communities