GreenPower Motor Company, a manufacturer and distributor of medium- and heavy-duty, zero-emission vehicles, recently delivered its first refrigerated box trucks to the University of California San Diego.
“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,” Claus Tritt, GreenPower vice president of medium-duty and commercial vehicle sales, said in a news release. The EV Star is a unique offering for the medium and heavy-duty delivery market, the company added. The refrigerator unit gets its power directly from the high-voltage battery, and the design is 20% more efficient and 10% lighter than any comparable low-voltage unit currently sold in the U.S.
“More payload and longer range makes the EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck a real game-changer for the transportation of goods that require refrigeration,” Tritt continued. “Utilizing 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 lbs. and consists of an energy-efficient cooling system, a 16-ft. insulated and lined box, and a liftgate. The EV Star platform features a purpose-built, zero-emission cab and chassis with a battery pack of 118 kWh, a range of up to 150 miles, and will charge up to 19.2 kW on a standard Level 2 J1772 protocol or 60kW using a DC fast charge, the company maintained.
“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,” Tritt concluded.
GreenPower’s 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 that has funding of $250 million, and the New Jersey ZIP program, which will open shortly, with funding of $90 million.