Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., a distributor of one of America’s best-selling low-cab-forward trucks, has announced that it has appointed ChargePoint, a leading provider of networked solutions for charging electric vehicles (EVs), as an official source to provide EV charging infrastructure and software solutions, as well as training to Isuzu dealers and customers. Isuzu announced in March that it will introduce the 2025 NRR EV, a Class 5 battery-electric truck, in early 2024.
“This relationship will allow our dealers and customers to get ready now for the introduction of our electric truck next year,” said Shaun C. Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. “Trying to find a reliable resource for the installation of the necessary charging and electrification infrastructure can be staggering. Our relationship with ChargePoint will ease the transition for everyone.”
The process is easy. Isuzu dealers will simply need to access a ChargePoint website portal using the dealer’s own secure credentials. ChargePoint or one of its channel partners will then work with the dealer and/or customer directly to develop a customized electrification solution and identify available incentives from state and local agencies and utilities. ChargePoint or one of its channel partners will be able to manage all aspects of the project, from needs assessment through equipment purchase and installation and charging training.
“Commercial trucks play a critical role in the transition to electrification, underscoring the need for integrated charging solutions to help streamline operations and deliver a lower total cost of ownership (TCO),” said Rich Mohr, senior vice president, Americas at ChargePoint. “Together, Isuzu and ChargePoint are removing barriers to entry for electrifying commercial trucks and delivering integrated software and hardware solutions that maximize Isuzu customers’ TCO advantage.”
2025 Isuzu NRR EV
The NRR EV is Isuzu’s first all-electric production model. Among the notable features of the truck include the following:
Every NRR EV will be powered by a number of 20-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery packs. Compared to conventional lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries store more energy in less space; are lighter; last much longer; and do not require traditional maintenance.
Customers will be able to choose from three-, five-, seven-, and nine-battery-pack models. All else being equal, the more battery packs, the longer the driving range. By offering four configurations, Isuzu will allow buyers to choose the combination that’s best for their business.
For ease of charging, all NRR EV models will be equipped with charging ports that accommodate the most popular charging connectors in the U.S. and Canada including the following:
To accommodate their multiple battery packs and to provide reasonable charging times, NRR EV trucks, with battery capacities of 60, 100, 140, and 180 kWh, will have an AC Level 2 charging time range from 6 to 10.5 hours and a DC Fast Charging time range from 2.5 to 3 hours.
Depending upon the number of battery packs chosen, NRR EV trucks will have estimated driving ranges from 41 to 235 miles including the following:
All figures are calculated estimates, based on a fully charged battery, and for comparison purposes only. “Battery capacity decreases with time and use,” Skinner said. “A truck’s actual range will vary based on a number of factors, including number of battery packs, vehicle options, driving conditions and habits, vehicle and battery’s condition and outside temperature.”
He continued, “Obviously, our dealers, fleet customers, and owner/operators have already started wondering how to keep their trucks charged and ready to go. That’s a major reason we selected ChargePoint, a proven industry leader in electric vehicle infrastructure.”