Zeem brings electric trucks and EV charging to Port Newark

Zeem Solutions, an electric vehicle charging infrastructure and fleet management provider, recently announced a large-scale electric truck depot development near Port Newark, designed to facilitate a significant shift to electric Class 8 trucks, enabling the region’s freight logistics and drayage truck companies to conveniently switch to clean, quiet, zero-emissions operations.

With Phase I operations planned for the fourth quarter of 2025, the purpose-built site will serve regional fleet operators with electric trucks, overnight parking and charging for 200 trucks, and additional charging for up to 300 electric trucks during the day.

This will be the largest electric truck charging facility near Port Newark.

Zeem will assist customers at its Newark site in selecting and financing Class 8 electric truck models, enabling drayage operators to access zero-emission vehicles, charging infrastructure and related services without the substantial upfront capital investment typically needed.

“By bringing the electric charging depot to Port Newark, Zeem is energizing New Jersey’s commitment to pioneering responsible, clean energy solutions,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “Switching to zero-emission vehicles in one of the nation’s busiest freight corridors reinforces New Jersey’s priority to reduce emissions in overburdened communities and showcases how environmentally conscious innovation goes hand-in-hand with economic growth.”

With the launch of the Newark charging depot and one previously announced in Long Beach, California, Zeem is spearheading an industrywide coalition to facilitate and accelerate the transition to transportation electrification at every major port in the U.S.

“Port 500 is a coalition of transportation electrification and supply chain stakeholders with Zeem, committed to deploying 500 electric Class 8 trucks at several strategic port gateways over the next three years, starting with this landmark location at Port Newark,” Paul Gioupis, CEO of Zeem, said. “It’s an ambitious target and fleets can now leverage our charging infrastructure and electric trucks, making the transition to zero-emissions faster and easier, with significantly less upfront capital.”

With a large 30-megawatt interconnect to Public Service Enterprise Group, 84 ports of DC fast charging and other amenities, the site is ideally located near Newark Liberty International Airport, New York and New Jersey’s marine terminals, warehousing and distribution facilities, transportation companies and the northern entrance to Port Newark.

“PSEG is proud to support Zeem on the development of the port electric truck depot,” Mike Schmid, vice president of asset management and planning at Public Service Electric & Gas, said. “Transportation is the leading source of carbon emissions in New Jersey, making the electrification of transportation crucial to decarbonizing our state while supporting economic growth and development. This initiative demonstrates our shared aim to facilitate a robust infrastructure in Newark to help support the state’s objective of reducing emissions from the transportation sector and forging a cleaner future for the state.”

As the Zeem depot begins operations, a significant reduction in vehicle emissions will improve air quality for the local community. The location, the site of a former power generating station, will create a landmark, zero-emission blueprint for the East Coast.

Fleets are already working with Zeem to electrify their East Coast drayage operations. Port24, a leading transportation and logistics company, will be operating out of Zeem’s Newark depot as soon as it is operational.

Zeem will utilize funding from the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program, NJ ZIP, to deploy vehicles at its Port Newark EV depot, marking a significant step towards reducing emissions in East Coast port drayage operations.