International dealer West Michigan International announced the grand opening of Michigan’s first public electric commercial vehicle charging station at its Kalamazoo location. Located directly off I-94, one of the largest freight corridors in the Midwest, the new electric vehicle (EV) charging station is optimized for commercial vehicle charging and will provide fleets the ability to charge larger vehicles, including Class 8 electric trucks. The DC fast charger features two 24-hour charging hookups.
Rietman, International Truck’s 2019 North American Dealer of the Year, has grown West Michigan International to include more than 90 service bays with 280 highly skilled personnel across its five locations, as well as a round-the-clock emergency break down, towing and recovery service. With EVs becoming an industry focus, Rietman and his team made the decision to invest and aide customers in the transition.
The chargers at the West Michigan International in Kalamazoo were installed with support from Navistar’s charging partner, InCharge. The dealership worked closely with Navistar’s NEXT eMobility team to plan, coordinate and install the vehicle charger. NEXT operates around a model that provides an end-to-end solution for customers looking to transition their business operations to EVs.