Daimler Truck North America, LLC (DTNA), NextEra Energy Resources LLC, and BlackRock Alternatives, through a fund managed by its Climate Infrastructure business (BlackRock), have announced “Greenlane,” the name of their joint venture to design, develop, install, and operate a US nationwide, high-performance, zero-emission public charging and hydrogen fueling network for medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. They also unveiled renderings of the site layout as a major milestone in the development of the project.
Greenlane addresses the urgent need for a publicly available, nationwide electric charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles, especially for long-haul freight operations, and is a critical step toward developing a sustainable zero-emission vehicle ecosystem across North America.
First location in Southern California
The more than $650 million joint venture has made significant progress since its inception in 2022. Greenlane's first site will be in Southern California, and multiple additional sites are being acquired along various freight routes. The joint venture team is collaborating on the necessary infrastructure to holistically deploy the charging network. Dedicated software and hardware teams are working on developing a custom, commercial vehicle reservation platform to provide fleet managers, dispatchers, and drivers with an industry-leading customer experience.
The network of charging sites will be built on critical freight routes along the east and west coasts and in Texas. Where synergistic, Greenlane will leverage existing infrastructure and amenities while also adding complementary greenfield sites to fulfill anticipated customer demand. Greenlane's initial focus will be on battery-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, followed by hydrogen fueling stations for fuel cell trucks, with plans to expand access to light-duty vehicles in the future to serve the greater goal of electrifying mobility.
The infrastructure hurdle
“Greenlane is designed to begin to tackle one of the greatest hurdles to the trucking industry's decarbonization – infrastructure,” stated John O'Leary, president and chief executive officer, DTNA. “The nation's fleets can only transform with the critical catalyst of publicly accessible charging designed to meet the needs for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Together with our strong partners, BlackRock and NextEra Energy Resources, we are launching Greenlane to address the unique demands of the industry, support our mutual customers, and provide a dual benefit to all electric vehicle drivers who will be able to utilize this new network. We're excited to take this next step and look forward to sharing more of Greenlane's plans in the future.”
Details on Greenlane's executive leadership and groundbreaking on the first site will be revealed soon.
For more information about Greenlane's commitment to sustainable transportation, visit www.drivegreenlane.com.