MHX a leasing and logistics firm in California has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to purchase 10 Tesla Semis and two Megachargers. MHX has also been awarded a separate $560,000 grant from MSRC to deploy two overhead electric cranes for electric forklifts.
The grant was applied for with the assistance of Momentum, a California-based company that develops, and deploys innovation campaigns for organizations working on transformative transportation technologies. The grant program will support the purchase and deployment of 10 battery-electric Class 8 Tesla Semis as a part of its efforts to electrify its fleet of trucks in the South Coast Air Quality Management District. At its MHX-Napa Fontana distribution facility in Fontana, California MHX will also purchase, install, and operate two Tesla “Megachargers” to charge these vehicles.
The Megacharger being purchased by MHX is Tesla’s new charging solution for its Tesla Semi that should have a capacity of over 1 MW. Here, Tesla has been working with CharIN, an industry association behind the CCS standard, to develop HPC for Commercial Vehicles (HPCCV) aiming to standardize the Megacharger.
This is the second major order for Tesla Semis reported this week. Frito-Lay a snack food division of PepsiCo. announced that by the end of 2021, it will replace all existing diesel-powered vehicles at its Modesto manufacturing plant in California, with zero-emission (ZE) or “near-zero-emission” (NZE) vehicles. Now the plant is only waiting for 15 Tesla Semis ordered in 2019.
Production of the Tesla Semis should start this year, though there have been some concerns expressed by the company that there will be sufficient battery material to produce in bulk until more battery cells are available.
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