Wmi International E Mv Charging

Dealer opens first public commercial vehicle charging station in Michigan

Aug. 26, 2022
The International dealer West Michigan International in Kalamazoo opened the electric vehicle charging station for trucks up to Class 8.

Truck dealer West Michigan International has opened Michigan’s first public electric commercial vehicle charging station at its Kalamazoo location, according to a Navistar press release.

Located directly off Interstate 94, the new electric vehicle (EV) charging station is designed to provide fleets the ability to charge larger vehicles, including Class 8 electric trucks. The DC fast charger features two 24-hour charging hookups.

The chargers at the West Michigan International in Kalamazoo were installed with support from Navistar’s charging partner, InCharge. The dealership worked closely with Navistar’s NEXT eMobility team to plan, coordinate, and install the vehicle charger. NEXT operates around a model that provides an end-to-end solution for customers looking to transition their business operations to EVs.

“We understand that time is money in the commercial vehicle industry, which led us to install one of the fastest chargers offered,” said Ed Rietman, dealer principal, West Michigan International. “Similar to diesel fueling stations, drivers who utilize these public chargers will have the convenience of paying at the pump and getting in and out quickly.”

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International's 2019 North American Dealer of the Year, West Michigan International has grown to include more than 90 service bays with 280 personnel across its five locations as well as a round-the-clock emergency breakdown, towing, and recovery service. With EVs becoming an industry focus, Rietman and his team made the decision to invest and aid customers in the transition.

“Our main goal looking forward is to stay aligned with advancing technologies so we can offer the best services to our customers,” said Rietman. “Every business decision we make is with the customers’ best interests in mind, and we hope to deploy chargers at all our dealerships in the near future.”

Navistar’s brands, International and IC Bus, have more than 700 dealer locations in North America. International and IC Bus dealers, with support from Navistar’s NEXT eMobility team, are helping preparing for the transition to EVs. 

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“As the industry prepares for the increased adoption of zero-emissions commercial vehicles, the development of a robust public charging infrastructure is critical to that success,” said Jason Gies, vice president, eMobility business development. “We’re proud to work closely with West Michigan International as they take this first step in creating a comprehensive charging network.”

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