WattEV to accelerate heavy-duty EV Truck-as-a-Service fleet deployment

WattEV to accelerate heavy-duty EV Truck-as-a-Service fleet deployment

Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) fleet operator and charging infrastructure developer WattEV announced the award of grants totaling some $3 million from two Southern California government agencies. WattEV will use funding from the “Last-Mile Freight Program” of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) towards the purchase of 20 of its initial fleet of 50 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. This move will help accelerate the deployment of emission-free freight-hauling in the six Southern California counties that make up SCAG’s region.

WattEV plans to use the 20 trucks partially funded by SCAG in its Truck-as-a-Service program for zero-emission freight deliveries starting in early 2023. The program is aimed at shippers and carriers operating in the Southern California region within WattEV’s charging network.

WattEV’s fleet of battery-electric trucks will serve shippers with sustainability mandates, starting with those whose base of operations are in Southern California. The WattEV fleet also will help affected shippers comply with Southern California’s new Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) program.

Zero-emission trucks used in the TaaS program will be available for individual drivers or small fleets as part of a full package service that includes use of the truck, charging and maintenance. The TaaS service provides value for owner-operators by removing the need for an initial investment in a new fleet, one of the highest barriers to entry in the new Zero Emission Transportation market.

Drivers will have new trucks at their disposal coupled with an innovative mobile app. The app enables drivers to plan the day ahead, receive route optimization directions, manage the state of battery charge, plus freight brokerage and data collection. The trucks can be picked up at any of WattEV’s expanding network of charging depots.

You May Also Like

Class 8 truck orders hit 18,400 units in January

The final four months of 2022 brought about 159,000 Class 8 net orders.


According to a recent press release published by ACT Research, preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in December were 18,400 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 17,800 units.

“Given how robust Class 8 orders were into year-end, the relative pause in January is not surprising,” shared Eric Crawford, vice president and senior analyst, ACT Research. “We note that over the final four months of 2022, nearly 159,000 Class 8 net orders were placed, +92% y/y, and only 8% below those placed over the same period in 2020. January’s orders represent the first y/y decline in five months (August).” 

FMCSA has removed One Plus ELD’s ORS device from registered ELD list

The FMCSA will consider motor carriers still using the revoked device as operating without an ELD after April 10, 2023.

Five truck trend takeaways from (FE)bruary

The month of February can be pretty uneventful. Good thing FE has you covered with some great trucking content.

U.S. Bank: Truck freight volumes continue to decline

The fourth quarter 2022 decline points to potential capacity tightening.

Significant increase in TL spot rates observed for early 2023

While market conditions remain broadly loose, ACT Researchers say they are seeing more signs of slowing supply.


Other Posts

The Shyft Group’s Blue Arc Class 3 delivery vans are EPA-certified to achieve 200 miles of range per charge

The Blue Arc delivery van comes equipped with a 165kwh battery pack.

Blue Arc The Shyft Group
BYD delivers its first battery electric terminal tractor to Manhattan Beer Distributors

Manhattan Beer Distributors just received an electric terminal tractor which can provide 22 to 26 hours of consecutive operation.

Lightning eMotors announces Buy America certification for passenger van

The Buy America Certification will allow fleets to transition to electric vehicles more quickly.

Mack Trucks adds another EV-Certified dealer location

The Bruckner Truck Sales establishment, based outside of Denver, is the first Mack dealer in Colorado to achieve this status.