Navistar has entered into a strategic partnership with Quanta Services, Inc., the largest specialty electric power grid infrastructure solutions provider in North America. The collaboration aims to provide International Truck and IC Bus customers with a comprehensive vehicle and charging infrastructure solution, making it easier for fleets to adopt battery-electric vehicles efficiently.
Why It Matters
Navistar’s CEO, Mathias Carlbaum, emphasizes that electric vehicles are only as strong as the grid powering them. Quanta’s expertise in site construction and utility work allows the partnership to provide a one-stop-shop solution for all aspects of an EV transition. This collaboration is crucial for accelerating the eMobility transition and supporting the shift towards a clean energy future.
The partnership between Navistar and Quanta will focus on delivering fully integrated eMobility solutions through a three-step approach: consulting, charging, and deployment. The two companies will work together to analyze, forecast, plan, and execute customers’ electrification journeys.
Quanta’s CEO, Duke Austin, highlights the long-standing relationship between the two companies and expresses enthusiasm about expanding their collaboration through this innovative partnership. The alliance aims to provide comprehensive EV solutions for Navistar’s customers, enabling fleet electrification initiatives and contributing to the shared goal of providing the safest medium and heavy-duty trucks in the market using the latest technologies by 2024.
Navistar’s EV consulting process starts with creating an EV roadmap for customers, hosting discovery workshops to understand fleet needs and concerns around electrification. In partnership with the International and IC Bus dealer network, Navistar delivers tailored, scalable strategies for successful adoption and long-term use.
The partnership between Navistar and Quanta Services is critical for accelerating the eMobility transition. Trish Reed, VP of Zero Emissions at Navistar, emphasizes that partnerships like this enable faster eMobility adoption by helping customers work directly with utilities, assisting in power requirement analyses, and sourcing responsible energy. Navistar also focuses on determining hardware and charging depot locations for individual fleets and utilizing connected technology, like OnCommand Connection, to ensure optimal operation and increased uptime, ultimately lowering the total cost of ownership.