California-based MHX has begun its first fleet electrification project. The logistics operator plans to add 10 Class 8 electric trucks to its fleet, and has partnered with EVgo to create fast charging infrastructure to support those trucks.
EVgo will deploy fast charging infrastructure at MHX’s location in Fontana, California. The project will feature high-power 350kW fast chargers, capable of serving six vehicles simultaneously.
MHX has a fleet of over 60 flatbed trucks and facilities throughout California. The fleet will soon add 10 Kenworth T680E Class 8 electric heavy-duty trucks.
The new fleet of electric trucks will charge at the company’s Fontana location, supporting its local clients in addition to operations at their Carson facility offering port services out of the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, where they handle local dray for break bulk commodities along with devanning and heavy weight corridor access for container movements.
This project is partially funded by the California Energy Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles grant program and the South Coast Air Quality Management District-Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee grant program.
“As we explored bringing electric trucks into our fleet, we knew how important charging was to make that conversion a reality, and that an experienced partner was needed to help us navigate both the short- and long-term considerations to ensure a successful transition,” said Alex Nicholas, vice president of operations at MHX. “Our collaboration with EVgo goes beyond access to charging stations but rather a full suite of technology solutions and tools to empower MHX to streamline our transition to an electrified fleet.”
EVgo Optima, a smart cloud-based fleet charging software, is designed to allow fleet partners like MHX to manage time of use rates to mitigate peak demand charges while simultaneously ensuring their vehicles are sufficiently charged and operational when needed. Through EVgold, MHX can also take advantage of EVgo’s operations and maintenance service offering, featuring a service level agreement-based uptime guarantee, ongoing monitoring, and 24/7 customer support.
Originally posted on Trucking Info