Newly opened Prologis, Maersk depot can charge 96 heavy-duty electric trucks

Newly opened Prologis, Maersk depot can charge 96 heavy-duty electric trucks

The charging depot is powered by the nation's largest EV microgrid, and was completed in just five months.

Prologis, Inc. and Performance Team – A Maersk Company launched Southern California’s largest heavy-duty EV charging depot, located near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The companies say the depot is powered by the nation’s largest electric truck microgrid, and can charge 96 electric trucks simultaneously.

Located directly off the Harbor (110) Freeway in Los Angeles on Denker Ave., and within five miles of Interstate 405 and California State Route 91 (SR91), Prologis and Performance Team constructed the facility in just five months. Performance Team will be using its fleet of Volvo VNR Electric trucks which it said have a range of 240 miles and can charge up to 80% in 90 minutes.

“It is our ambition to drive the industry shift toward decarbonized supply chains,” said Charles van der Steene, regional president for Maersk North America. “Expanding the charging infrastructure for commercial electric vehicles is a key part of that. This facility strengthens our ability to offer customers a decarbonized alternative to conventional trucking and brings us closer to our goal of reaching net zero by 2040.”

An aerial view of the 9 MW charging depot launched by Maersk’s Performance Team & Prologis. Located in Los Angeles, CA, the companies say the depot is powered by the nation’s largest EV truck microgrid, and can charge 96 EV trucks at the same time.

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Maersk on this important and innovative new commercial truck charging facility,” said Henrik Holland, global head of Prologis Mobility. “To bring the depot online quickly, we delivered an innovative on-demand charging solution as an interim power connection measure. The transition to zero emissions is a priority for both companies, and we’re proud to be on this journey together.”

The companies say this project will help with the need for improved infrastructure in light of California’s nearing requirements to end diesel truck sales and shift to electric drayage trucks by 2035 and electric heavy-duty trucks by 2045.

A line of Performance Team’s Volvo VNR Electric trucks charging at the newly opened depot.

Prologis said it installed the charging infrastructure to speed up the time the project could get online and get trucks on the road, rather than waiting up to two years for the grid upgrade. Prologis developed a charging solution, in conjunction with Mainspring Energy, to build a microgrid (any small network of electrical generators and loads that may be grid-connected but is capable of operating independently of the local grid). The Prologis Denker microgrid uses 2.75 MW of fuel-flexible, hydrogen-ready linear generators paired with 18 MWh of batteries to provide up to 9 MW of charging capacity. 

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