First electric-only “Megawatt E-Truck Stop” opening in California
WattEV is planning to build a 25-megawatt electric-only solar-powered truck stop in Bakersfield, California, open for public use, but WattEV is also planning to use the charging stations for its own fleet of vehicles.
WattEV station will be located at a major highway intersection; the 110-acre site sits at the southern end of California’s San Joaquin Valley, near Amazon and Walmart logistics fulfilment centers.
The WattEV electric truck stop will start off with 4-MW capability, eventually growing to 25-MW feeding more than 40 charging stalls, will have a solar micro-grid with battery energy storage, but will also get grid electricity from local utility Pacific Gas & Electric.
WattEV partners in the project are: the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Greenlots, Power Electronics, the Central California Asthma Collaborative, heavy-duty truck makers, PG&E and others.
In this case it’s up to the Fleet Management to invest in their employees. Mattresses, Good Pillows, Safety Gear, Seat Cushions, Air-Humidifiers and a lot other small things that can be added to the cabin for the drivers to feel home away from home for the prolonged hours of their tours.