The newly launched California Mobility Center (CMC) welcomes another commercial client to their growing ecosystem. Minnesota-based Zeus Electric Chassis specializes in designing and manufacturing Class 3-8 severe-duty electric vocational work trucks. Zeus has designs for applications such as service, dump, box delivery, and flatbed trucks with several other platforms in process.
Commercialization and fleet adoption programs in 2021 are essential first steps for Zeus and California to meet near-term Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandates, replacing diesel equivalents. The CMC has accelerated these steps for Zeus by facilitating a partnership with SMUD, one of the CMC’s founding members, by leveraging the CMC’s collaborative business model to approve procurement of five ZEV work trucks from Zeus in 2021.
With operations centered in Minnesota, Zeus’ decision to join the California-based CMC illustrates the value the center has in creating lucrative connections across the nation that otherwise would have been difficult to achieve.
Zeus is the third commercial client to join the CMC, which officially launched full commercial operations on March 11, 2021. Zeus joins AMPLY Power and DANNAR as the three clean mobility equipment and service providers that are among the CMC’s ecosystem. SMUD’s initial procurement is the first of many fleet adoption programs expected to be strategically facilitated through the CMC for Zeus.
The CMC was founded to serve as an innovation hub of policy, funding, and commercialization of clean transportation technologies including autonomous transportation, electric vehicles, battery storage, shared mobility solutions, public transit, and more.