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NECA CEO David Long Joins White House in Ribbon Cutting of Largest EV Truck Charging Depot

May 6, 2024

On Monday, May 6th, 2024, NECA CEO David Long was in Bakersfield, CA for the grand opening of WattEV’s third and largest electric truck charging depot. Long was invited to speak at the ribbon cutting festivities where he highlighted NECA contractor Collins Electric Company Inc. and the skilled electricians who performed the majority of work and install on this project.

This is the nation’s first electric truck stop featuring a solar-powered microgrid with a battery energy storage system (BESS), and capable of megawatt rapid charging. The WattEV Bakersfield Electric Truck Stop is one of several intended locations with the goal of making zero-emission (ZE) medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) truck transportation a norm in the United States.

This state-of-the art station features 16 dual-cord 360kW chargers connected to the grid and 15 single-cord 240kW CCS chargers, plus three MCS rapid chargers, drawing power from the site’s solar array.

Entities who were also invited to speak at the grand opening included:

  • White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • California Governor’s Office – Lauren Shanchez, Climate Policy Advisor to Gov. Newsom
  • California Energy Commission (grant funder)
  • California Air Resources Board – Leane Randolph, Chair
  • PG&E
  • IBEW International – Kenneth Cooper, President
  • Kern County Supervisor David Couch
  • Central California Asthma Collaborative – Kevin Hamilton, CEO

Branded simply as “WattEV,” the depot is located just north of the busy CA-99 freeway along CA-65, also called the Porterville Highway. It will serve heavy-duty electric trucks with routes connecting the San Joaquin Valley’s vast agricultural sector and growing distribution warehouse region to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and inland destinations throughout Southern California and the West.

Largest EV Charging Truck Depot Ribbon Cutting in Bakersfield, CA

Largest EV Charging Truck Depot Ribbon Cutting in Bakersfield, CA

Largest EV Charging Truck Depot Ribbon Cutting in Bakersfield, CA