TeraWatt announces first interstate EV charging network for trucks

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San Francisco startup TeraWatt Infrastructure on Thursday introduced it is growing the first network of electrical vehicle-charging facilities for heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks alongside the Interstate 10 freeway, stretching from Long Beach, California, to the El Paso, Texas, space.

The firm, which raised greater than $1 billion this yr to construct charging infrastructure, mentioned the services might be positioned about 150 miles aside and fewer than one mile from the closest freeway exits throughout California, Arizona and New Mexico.

Medium and heavy trucks make up solely about 4% of autos within the U.S., however due to their bigger dimension and better journey distances the autos devour greater than 25% of complete freeway gasoline and signify practically 30% of freeway carbon emissions, in keeping with the Department of Energy.

“While there is a limited number of electric long-haul trucks on the road today, these vehicles are coming sooner than we think and we need the charging infrastructure to be ready,” TeraWatt CEO Neha Palmer advised CNBC.

TeraWatt’s charging facilities will function dozens of direct present quick chargers, pull-through charging stalls and on-site driver facilities for long-haul and native electric-trucking operations, the corporate mentioned. The first websites are set to come back on-line in 2023.

The announcement comes after the Biden administration this yr rolled out a plan to allocate $5 billion to states to fund EV chargers alongside interstate highways as a part of the bipartisan infrastructure package deal.

In September, the Department of Transportation accredited EV-charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico masking about 75,000 miles of highways. States even have entry to greater than $1.5 billion to assist assemble the chargers.

The Biden administration has set a goal for EVs to make up half of all new automobile gross sales by 2030 and has pledged to switch its federal fleet with electrical energy by 2035.

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