Greenlane Launches First Commercial EV Charging Corridor to Accelerate Zero-Emission Freight Transition

Greenlane has unveiled its inaugural commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging corridor, featuring over 100 chargers along Interstate 15 to meet the demand for efficient and reliable EV charging solutions. The new charging corridor is designed to expedite the transition to carbon-neutral freight transportation, with initial charging locations in Colton, Barstow, and Baker, California. The joint venture between Daimler Truck North America, NextEra Energy Resources, and BlackRock aims to develop a nationwide network of commercial charging infrastructure across the U.S., serving battery-electric passenger cars, light-duty fleet customers, and, in the future, providing hydrogen refueling for commercial vehicles. The Colton site, planned to be fully operational by late 2024, will offer multiple charging options for heavy, medium, and light-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) drivers.
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