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DTNA to add EV equipment training center and engineering to Portland HQ

May 18, 2024
The new training center will be available for the DTNA dealer network, while the engineering facility will consolidate testing activities and focus on technologies such as battery electric and hydrogen-fueled vehicles

Daimler Truck North America is investing in two new projects at its headquarters complex on Swan Island: A new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) training center adjacent to Electric Island and a new engineering facility at the DTNA campus.

“Daimler Truck North America is proud to call Portland, Oregon our home,” said John O’Leary, president and CEO, DTNA. “We appreciate the City and State’s support of our expansion plans to further promote the development and proper testing of advanced technology and look forward to collaborating for many more years to come on training and employing a future-ready workforce.”

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The new addition to Electric Island represents the next phase to accelerate testing and development of charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles since the public charging station was built in partnership with Portland General Electric and opened in 2021. The new training center will be used for the DTNA dealer network and as a resource center for community stakeholders interested in the clean transportation industry. The anticipated project will cost $3 million, with half of the costs being funded through a forgivable loan from Prosper Portland, the City of Portland’s economic development agency.

The new DTNA engineering facility will be approximately 110,000 sq.-ft. and will consolidate testing activities under one roof with focus on research and development for emerging propulsion technologies, such as battery electric and hydrogen-fueled vehicles. The project is anticipated to cost $40 million and will be partially funded by the State of Oregon with a $700,000 forgivable loan from the State’s Strategic Reserve fund.

Also located on Swan Island is the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant, which has been in continuous operation since 1969 and today produces the battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 as well as the Western Star X-Series. DTNA employs over 3,000 people in the Portland region.

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