When we think of an island getaway, we imagine somewhere tropical with a lot of sunshine and beaches. But this island getaway is in Portland, Oregon, which as a resident, I can definitely say is not tropical and only occasionally sunny. Of course, the island getaway I’m talking about is the new Electric Island at the Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) headquarters here in Portland.
A little about Electric Island.
Prior to the celebration of Earth Week, DTNA unveiled its Electric Island, which is a site dedicated to providing charging for all EVs no matter the shape or size, so that users can get a charge and getaway to wherever they’re going. It’s just one of the many developments that upholds the potential for the future of transportation and shows the investment DTNA is making in this future. Furthermore, it will foster futuristic growth by serving as the hub of innovation and research for energy management, site performance, and even vehicle charging performance which will be conducted locally in collaboration with Portland General Electric and DTNA. Not only is this site impressive with its current capabilities, it’s built to accommodate new charger technologies – such as the planned 1+ megawatt chargers – as they roll out over time.
Making an impact and paving the way.
The production and specs of Electric Island were so impressive, even Oregon Governor Kate Brown stopped by for support and recognition of not only the work that went into creating this site – but also recognize its potential to boost the future of electric energy in communities. As an example, with the rollout of electric buses such as the Jouley by Thomas Built Buses (TBB), and heavy-duty electric options like the Freightliner eCascadia and eM2, the impact and incorporation of electric transportation will expand further thanks to the access of Electric Island. It’s inspiring to see just how the presence of this electric hub will expand energy efficiency in local communities and promote development in energy technologies down the road.