In a groundbreaking advancement for the freight mobility sector, Einride, in partnership with Voltera, has launched North America’s most extensive operational charging site for electric heavy-duty freight in Lynwood, California. Strategically positioned near the bustling Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Lynwood Smartcharger Station is set to fast-track the region’s transition to electric freight. With an impressive capacity of 65 chargers capable of servicing up to 200 vehicles daily, this site is poised to reshape the freight ecosystem in Los Angeles County and beyond.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are not only critical hubs for international trade but also notorious for their traffic congestion and associated environmental impacts. Given these ports handle 29% of the U.S.’s containerized waterborne commerce, their significance in global trade and logistics cannot be overstated. Therefore, the Lynwood Smartcharger Station’s positioning along the I-710 corridor is a strategic move to ensure electric fleets can seamlessly integrate into daily shipping operations. This integration is anticipated to mitigate congestion and reduce driver wait times, signifying a giant leap towards more sustainable and efficient port operations.

The charging station currently supports Einride’s electric fleets, including those on routes for the global shipping leader A.P. Moller – Maersk. Einride’s vision extends beyond its immediate operational needs, with plans to make the station accessible to future customers to empower the broader freight and transportation ecosystem in the area. This vision aligns with Einride’s broader mission to foster sustainable freight transportation by introducing electric and autonomous vehicles, along with the required support infrastructure.

Einride’s CEO and Founder, Robert Falck, highlighted the station’s role in bolstering a more resilient U.S. freight system through digital and electric freight solutions. On the other hand, Matt Horton, CEO of Voltera, lauded the project’s rapid completion, which took less than 18 months from conception to operation—a remarkable achievement in the charging infrastructure sector. This expedience reflects the broader urgency and commitment to transitioning towards zero-emission vehicle operations across the U.S.

Furthermore, the Lynwood station isn’t merely a place for trucks to recharge; it’s been conceived as a hub for drivers too. With amenities and a lounge, the site offers a comfortable space for drivers to rest while their vehicles charge. Coupled with Einride Saga, an intelligent freight operating system, Einride provides real-time data insights that ensure the efficient utilization of the charging infrastructure.

The launch of the Lynwood Smartcharger Station is a monumental step in Einride’s journey towards revolutionizing freight transportation. By making it more sustainable, efficient, and scalable, Einride is leading the charge towards a green transportation future. With plans to expand this initiative nationwide, Einride and Voltera are laying the groundwork for a cleaner, more sustainable freight industry, signaling a robust commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation in logistics.

Founded in 2016, Einride has quickly positioned itself as a pioneer in the freight mobility space. By successfully operating the world’s first autonomous, electric vehicle on a public road in 2019, Einride has demonstrated its capabilities and commitment to transforming the logistics industry. Meanwhile, Voltera’s mission to develop and operate zero-emission vehicle infrastructure complements Einride’s vision, making this partnership a powerful force for change in North America’s freight transportation landscape.