BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Electric vehicle company WattEV opened the nation’s first electric truck charging station Thursday in Bakersfield.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the truck stop location on Highway 65 just north of Meadows Field Airport. The 110-acre truck stop includes a solar micro-grid with battery storage, as well as regular PG&E power.
The Los Angeles-based company said Bakersfield was the perfect place to launch this project.
“When you look at the whole I-5 corridor and what’s going on, that was the perfect place to start,” said company spokesman Salim Youssefzadeh. “I mean, we were able to get a field big enough to test out the many different technologies that go into what we do.”
WattEV plans to build more electric truck stops along the Interstate 5 and Highway 99 trucking corridors through the Central Valley, San Joaquin Valley and beyond.
When complete, Watt EV said the truck stop will be able to charge up to 200 trucks per day. The project is expected to be completed by this time next year.