One Energy Enterprises Inc, a US-based industrial power company known for its behind-the-meter wind park installations, on Monday announced the initial configuration and energisation of a wind-powered electric semi-truck fleet charging site in Ohio.
Capable of accommodating up to 30 MW of charging in its current configuration, the Megawatt Hub in Findlay is the largest constructed or publicly announced truck charging site in the country when it comes to available charging capacity, the company noted.
The hub is based on One Energy’s innovative Power Island concept, which allows to concurrently support multiple corporate trucking fleet operators. At present, the facility has fully functional capacity at medium and low voltages, and is able to charge 90 trucks concurrently, based on a typical 300-kW charge rate.
“From its inception, the electric semi-industry had an obvious chicken and egg problem. Truck manufacturers and fleet operators need to be able to charge at scale before they can move forward with deploying electric trucks at scale. This Megawatt Hub configuration solves that problem. The power is already on-site, at the right voltage, and we can outfit and energise custom Power Island configurations with the necessary charging equipment in weeks or months, not years,” commented Jereme Kent, CEO of One Energy.
This is the first hub of its kind and the company said it built it using its own capital and without government subsidies or grants. It has received no utility incentives for the site, too.
“Capital markets are good at building the second and third projects after the pilot has proven successful, but they have always struggled with underwriting the first one. Because we are confident in the solution and the technology, we decided not to wait. We just built it. Now we have a functioning site to show capital markets,” said Thomas Lause, CFO of One Energy.
Meanwhile, One Energy is in the process of securing a listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) through a planned merger with blank-check company TortoiseEcofin Acquisition Corp III.