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Electric ‘truck stop of the future’ coming to I-96 in Michigan

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Officials announced plans to develop a federally funded truck stop for electric commercial vehicles along a busy freight corridor in Michigan.

On June 29, the State of Michigan in partnership with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced plans to build a “Mobility Charging Hub” to support the charging of electric commercial vehicles.

The companies referred to the project as a “truck stop of the future” designed to help trucking companies transition their fleets to electric vehicles and “and future-proof their businesses by testing new technologies, digital services, and business models designed to accelerate deployment of commercial EVs at scale and modernize the truck stop experience.”

The Mobility Charging Hub will be located on an existing DTNA facility I-96 in Redford, a location that sees over 10,000 heavy and medium duty CMVs per day.

Officials say that passenger vehicles will also have access to the charging equipment at the site.

Michigan has access to $13 million in federal funding to develop the Mobility Charging Hub and the necessary partnerships to make the project a success.

“Freight trucks drive commerce, deliver goods, and connect businesses throughout the nation, which is why it is critical to prepare this industry for the future,” said Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Our Mobility Charging Hub will help more companies electrify their fleets, cement Michigan’s leadership in the future of freight, and rebuild our transportation infrastructure to support the economy of tomorrow. Over the past five years, our administration has made progress investing in infrastructure and positioning Michigan as the best place to innovate the future, and we are taking that one step further with this ‘truck stop of the future.’ We will work with anyone to ensure more innovators and companies can make it in Michigan.”

“At DTNA, we are driven by our vision of leading sustainable transformation at the speed of right,” said Rakesh Aneja, Head of eMobility, DTNA, “After introducing Electric Island, a first-of-its-kind heavy-duty electric truck charging site in Portland, Oregon, and investing in Greenlane this year, a joint venture for public charging infrastructure, we are excited to partner with the State of Michigan and DTE in this innovative Mobility Charging Hub. Our 130-acre Detroit manufacturing plant, home to our diesel and electric Detroit Powertrains and powered by more than 3,000 employees, is the ideal location for this project.” 

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