GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a leading US manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, today announced the delivery of its first Star Refrigerated Box Truck electric vehicles (EVs) to the University of California San Diego.
Claus Tritt, GreenPower vice president of medium duty and commercial vehicle sales, said: “GreenPower has expanded its offering of purpose-built, all-electric commercial vehicles with the addition of the best-in-class, EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck.”
The EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck is a unique electric vehicle offering for the medium and heavy-duty delivery market with the refrigerator unit getting its power directly from the high-voltage battery. The design is 20 per cent more efficient and 10 per cent lighter than any comparable low-voltage unit currently sold in the USA.
Tritt added: “More payload and longer range makes the EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck a real game-changer for the transportation of goods that require refrigeration.
“Utilising GreenPower’s EV Star Cab and Chassis and working with our partner Lion Truck Body, we can configure the vehicle to meet the customer’s requirements while integrating all the systems and electrical requirements into our vehicle.”
The vehicle has a payload of up to 5,000 pounds and consists of an energy-efficient cooling system, a 16-foot insulated and lined box and a liftgate. The EV Star platform is a purpose-built, zero-emission cab and chassis with a battery pack of 118 kWh.
It offers a range of up to 150 miles (241km), which is more than enough for a day of driving, and will charge up to 19.2kW on a standard Level 2 J1772 protocol or 60kW using a DC fast charge.
Tritt concluded: ”We estimate the refrigerated trucking total addressable market in North America will be more than $5.9 billion by 2028. As operators are electrifying their fleets, GreenPower will see significant growth in the marketplace with this innovative product.”
GreenPower’s purpose-built, all-electric commercial vehicles are eligible for up to $40,000 in tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. GreenPower vehicles also qualify for California’s HVIP program which has funding of $250 million and the New Jersey ZIP program which will open shortly with funding of $90 million.