HDR Selected to Lead Major Study on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure from Canada to Mexico

HDR, in partnership with CALSTART, S Curve Strategies and Ross Strategic, has been selected to lead a study providing recommendations on the electric charging infrastructure needed to support electric long-haul transportation along the I-5 corridor and major connected routes. The study, sponsored by nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, spans from the Canadian border in Washington to the Mexican border in California.

According to the California Air Resources Board, the transportation sector accounts for nearly 80% of the state’s air pollution, and more than 40% of its greenhouse gas emissions. Oregon and Washington face similar challenges. This collaborative effort is designed to develop a road map for smart transportation infrastructure, enabling the industry to reduce emissions by using electric vehicles along the 1,300-mile route.

The study will explore how and where to provide electric vehicle charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, and help determine the role electricity providers can play in electrifying the corridor. "Although many companies are developing charging networks for cars, this project is visionary because it focuses on electric trucks, which have greater charging demands but can also deliver greater emissions reductions," said Mike Ippoliti, program manager at HDR.

“Electric utilities and transmission companies are best positioned to advance electrification of the transportation sector, and ultimately to be the driving force towards a cleaner future," said HDR's Fernando Garcia, grid modernization lead. "Planning enables implementation of the best solutions, so our highways are well equipped with the charging infrastructure necessary to drive adoption in the medium- and heavy-duty sector.”

John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART, added: "Zero-emission trucking can bolster our economy, serve fleets, create a healthier environment and improve air quality. CALSTART looks forward to partnering with member organization Southern California Edison, as well as the HDR team, both at the forefront of efforts to drive the growth of needed clean corridors.”

Initiative sponsors include Southern California Edison, Seattle City Light, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Northern California Power Agency, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Public Power Authority.

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