Project Overview

The Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative (JETSI) will demonstrate a range of innovations and best practices to support the scaled deployment of Class 8 battery-electric trucks in North America.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is leading a regional collaborative of public and private organizations to deploy 100 regional haul and drayage BETs in Southern California. The groundbreaking project, named JETSI, will help significantly advance market penetration of Class 8 battery-electric trucks (BETs) supported by at-scale manufacturing by Daimler Truck North America and Volvo Trucks North America. BETs enable fleets to reduce their environmental footprint and vehicle maintenance, and provide a more pleasant driver experience through decreased noise and vibration.

Vehicle Technologies

2 Fleet Operators
100 Battery-Electric Trucks

NFI and Schneider will deploy a combined total of 100 Class 8 BETs, including:

  • 80 Freightliner eCascadias from Daimler Truck North America
  • 20 VNR Electrics from Volvo Trucks North America

Charging Infrastructure

70 High-Powered Charging Ports
1MW Solar Energy Generation

To charge the vehicles, 35 heavy-duty (HD) chargers will be installed at two sites. These chargers are dual-dispenser, with 70 total charging ports.

Chargers at NFI’s Ontario facility will utilize renewable electricity generated through solar, supported by 5 MWh of battery energy storage.

Scaled Electrification to Benefit Southern California Communities

NFI and Schneider will operate BETs along Southern California’s freight corridors serving Los Angeles’ twin Ports and distribution centers across the region. As a result, the JETSI project will improve air quality for disadvantaged communities along freight corridors and serve as a blueprint for other fleets to electrify at scale, as the fleets’ operational experiences are shared. Collectively, this will lead to significant emission reductions that meaningfully address climate change and improve air quality in our communities.

Workforce Development

A comprehensive workforce development program for BETs includes training on safe and proper operation, service, maintenance, repair, and charging.