Prologis and Performance Team Launch New EV Charging Depot Powered by EV Truck Microgrid Near Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

May 28, 2024
Rather than waiting up to two years for the required grid upgrades, Prologis worked with Mainspring Energy to build a microgrid onsite that can either be grid-connected to operate independently of the local grid

Prologis and Performance Team, a Maersk Company, have launched a heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging depot near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, powered by one of the nation's largest EV truck microgrids.

The Denker charging depot will be able to charge up to 96 EV trucks simultaneously. Performance Team will use its fleet of Volvo VNR Electric trucks, which have a range of 240 miles and a charging potential of up to 80% in 90 minutes.

In total, Prologis and Performance Team constructed the facility in just five months. 

“This facility strengthens our ability to offer customers a decarbonized alternative to conventional trucking and brings us closer to our goal of reaching net zero by 2040,” said Charles van der Steene, Regional President for Maersk North America.

During the development of the Denker charging depot, Prologis was responsible for installing the charging infrastructure. To speed up project completion time, rather than waiting up to two years for the required grid upgrades, Prologis worked with Mainspring Energy to build a microgrid onsite that can either be grid-connected or operate independently of the local grid. 

The Prologis Denker microgrid uses 2.75 MW of fuel-flexible, hydrogen-ready linear generators paired with 18 MWh of batteries to provide up to 9 MW of charging capacity. 

Prologis and Performance Team officials said that the project delivery was accelerated due to a partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which enabled long-term design and planning, the City of Los Angeles, which permitted the project, and Southern California Gas, which powered the microgrid with natural gas.

"The future of heavy-duty trucking is pollution-free, and companies in California are leading the way," said California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot. "This public-private partnership to create California's largest electric truck charging depot will reduce pollution and speed the adoption of electric trucks. In doing so, it helps to build energy independence for our transportation sector. This project is a big step forward and a win-win for our environment and economy."  

The charging depot is the third Southern California commercial truck EV charging project opened together by Prologis Mobility and Performance Team. 

About the Author

EnergyTech Staff

Rod Walton is senior editor for He has spent 14 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist.

Walton formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

He can be reached at [email protected]

EnergyTech is focused on the mission critical and large-scale energy users and their sustainability and resiliency goals. These include the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as the military, universities, data centers and microgrids.

Many large-scale energy users such as Fortune 500 companies, and mission-critical users such as military bases, universities, healthcare facilities, public safety and data centers, shifting their energy priorities to reach net-zero carbon goals within the coming decades. These include plans for renewable energy power purchase agreements, but also on-site resiliency projects such as microgrids, combined heat and power, rooftop solar, energy storage, digitalization and building efficiency upgrades.