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Greenlots, Volvo Trucks partner on charger installation for Volvo LIGHTS electrified trucking project

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Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions, announced the installation of charging infrastructure for a fleet of electrified commercial trucks as part of its ongoing partnership with Volvo Trucks. The heavy-duty fleet charging stations are the first of four installations by Greenlots at warehouses across Southern California.

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Greenlots installed two fully operational 50kW DC fast chargers at the Fontana site and has plans to install an additional 150kW DC fast charger in the next month. All of the charging equipment for the project is connected to Greenlots’ SKY EV Charging Network Software, which enables seamless management of Volvo’s fleet and charging stations while balancing grid demand.

“Charging characteristics and needs of heavy-duty fleets are unique,” said Harmeet Singh, Chief Technology Officer at Greenlots. “Greenlots SKY platform is built for scale and designed to deliver a charging solution that meets Volvo Trucks’ electric fleet’s unique requirements and is optimized for cost and power. The open standards-based charging approach built into Greenlots platform enables Volvo to future proof its investments in the charging infrastructure.”

The announcement is part of Volvo’s Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project, a public-private statewide initiative comprised of partners including Greenlots that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Greenlots range of software solutions safely and cost-effectively balances the power demands of electric fleet vehicles, warehouse facilities, and the electric grid, the company stated. Its software aims to provide fleet owners low total cost of ownership by managing energy usage to prevent high utility bills, while also supplying grid operators with the tools needed to safely integrate EVs and renewables onto the grid.

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