The University of California San Diego, which earlier this week announced installation of a large-scale battery storage system on campus, has now received its first all-electric refrigerated box trucks.
Canadian vehicle manufacturer GreenPower Motor has delivered its those EV Star refrigerated box trucks to the southern California campus. According to the company, the refrigerated box truck is designed for the medium and heavy-duty delivery market and has a payload of up to 5,000 pounds.
The truck’s refrigerator unit is powered directly by the high-voltage battery, making it 20-percent more efficient and 10 percent lighter than comparable low-voltage units currently available in the U.S., GreenPower says.
The EV comes with a battery pack of 118 kWh and offers a range of up to 150 miles. It can also be charged up to 19.2 kW using a standard Level 2 J1772 protocol or 60kW using a DC fast charge, the company notes. Additionally, the truck is equipped with a liftgate, a 16-foot insulated and lined box and an energy-efficient cooling system.
“More payload and longer range makes the EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck a real game-changer for the transportation of goods that require refrigeration," Claus Tritt, Vice President of Medium Duty & Commercial Vehicle Sales at GreenPower, said. "Utilizing GreenPower's EV Star cab and chassis and working with our partner Lion Truck Body, we can configure the vehicle to meet the customer's requirements while integrating all the systems and electrical requirements into our vehicle."
GreenPower's all-electric commercial vehicles are eligible for up to $40,000 in tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. These vehicles also qualify for California's HVIP program, which has funding of $250 million, and the New Jersey ZIP program, which will open soon with funding of $90 million.
"We estimate the refrigerated trucking total addressable market in North America will be more than $5.9 billion by 2028. As operators are electrifying their fleets, GreenPower will see significant growth in the marketplace with this innovative product," Tritt added.
Earlier in the week, UC San Diego contracted developer Smartville to provide its MOAB energy storage to store solar energy from a 200-kW rooftop solar array. The 500-kWh energy storage helps reduce the facility’s demand on the local utility grid after sunset when the solar panels are no longer empowered.