Greenlane EV charging network coming to compete with Tesla Mega Chargers
NextEra Energy Resources, a US-based green energy generator, together with vehicle producer Daimler Trucks North America, and investment firm BlackRock Alternatives has announced a joint venture to create a new company called Greenlane. The new company will be dedicated to developing and installing both hydrogen and EV charging infrastructure for use by heavy- and medium-duty freight vehicles across the US.
Not much has been announced about the specifics of the new charging network other than that the first site will be in Southern California, and that the first phase will be high-performance EV chargers, with hydrogen fuel-cell refilling stations coming at a later stage. Presumably, the charging infrastructure will leverage NextEra Energy's expertise in green energy to achieve the net-zero status that Greenlane is aiming for.
Greenlane's eventual goal is to have zero-emissions infrastructure along the east and west coast of the US, along important freight routes. While the infrastructure is being developed for heavy- and medium-duty freight vehicles, Greenlane intends to expand into light-duty vehicles in the future. The strategic partnership with Daimler was no accident, as Daimler produces a number of commercial electric trucks and buses, and Greenlane intends to develop both hardware and software relationships with the commercial users of its charging network.
Currently, Tesla's Mega Chargers are about the only chargers intended for use by freight trucks. Tesla's charger, as the name suggests, delivers 1,000 kW (1 MW) or more to connected vehicles, although they are not common. Most recently, we reported about Mega Chargers being spotted in Sacramento, with another confirmed location being Pepsi's Modesto factory.
Greenlane will attend the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo between May 1 and May 4, 2023, and will likely release more details at the expo.