West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative

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West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative

Identifying Optimal Locations for Electric Charging Infrastructure to Support Truck Operations along the I-5 Corridor

According to the California Air Resources Board, the transportation sector accounts for nearly 80% of the state’s air pollution and about 50% of its greenhouse gas emissions. Oregon and Washington face similar facts. With their sights set on drastically reducing emissions, 11 West Coast electric service providers teamed up. They brought HDR on board to lead a study designed to provide recommendations for electric charging infrastructure along the I-5 corridor. The infrastructure would support medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks along the 1,300-mile route. 

The visionary project focuses on electric trucks, which have greater charging demands — and greater potential for emissions reductions. The study explores how and where to provide electric vehicle charging stations for MD/HD electric trucks, and will help determine the role electricity providers can play in accelerating the use of zero-emission electric trucks along the corridor. 

The study includes:

  • Zero-emission MD/HD truck market assessment
  • Zero-emission MD/HD truck forecasts
  • Stakeholder surveys
  • Current trucking market landscape analysis
  • Current utility infrastructure evaluation 
  • Current and forecasted truck volumes along the corridor
  • Identification of locations for future electric truck charging facilities

The results of the study will identify and recommend which technology-application solutions to prioritize based on research analyses, and provide recommendations to each electric service partner on where to locate charging infrastructure in their territories to accelerate the adoption of MD/HD electric trucks.

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