Gage Zero is partnering with real estate development company Hillwood to develop a public commercial electric vehicle charging facility catering to trucks and last-mile fleets in AllianceTexas, a 27,000-acre master-planned community.

The details

According to a news release, Gage Zero is an Austin-based fleet electrification solutions company that deploys and operates EV charging infrastructure. The company will develop, own and operate the AllianceTexas EV charging hub as part of its network of sites planned throughout the U.S.

The news release states AllianceTexas is a global logistics hub that includes:
  • A BNSF Alliance Intermodal Facility
  • A mobility innovation zone
  • Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport
What they’re saying

"This groundbreaking initiative exemplifies our unwavering commitment to advancing sustainable infrastructure solutions that prioritize our customers' needs," Hillwood Executive Vice President Russell Laughlin said. "Through the deployment of innovative technologies, we expect to significantly enhance transportation efficiency, particularly in the crucial first- and last-mile segments of the logistics supply chain.”

"Hillwood is exactly the type of collaborator Gage Zero wants to work with to fulfill our mission," Gage Zero founder and CEO Zeina El-Azzi said. "As innovators and leaders in our industries, together we can solve the complexity of both land development and electrification for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in a convenient location for fleet customers."

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, medium- and heavy-duty fleets account for almost 25% of the transportation sector's emissions—though they make up less than 5% of vehicles on the road—with most of that impact on local communities where those trucks operate.

“We've identified this kind of need here in AllianceTexas for a while,” Hillwood Logistics Innovation Director Ian Kinne said. “A lot of customers have expressed interest to deploy autonomous tractors into their fleets whether it be here or in other locations.”

The facility will be intended for use by mid- to heavy-duty freight trucks between weight classes six through eight, Kinne said.

“We think this facility, like what we're doing here with Gage Zero, will enable customers to actually start to put those heavy trucks into their fleets and use those trucks here in AllianceTexas,” he said.

Iga Hallberg, vice president of business development and partnerships at Gage Zero, said they view the location as really important for the future of freight in Texas overall.

“I think that the team at Alliance is very strategic-thinking, and the environment that they have built to enable innovative approaches to the future of freight is bar-none leading nationwide,” Hallberg said.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include additional information.