Hitachi ABB launches compact depot charging solution for electric trucks

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched a new charging solution for operators of electric heavy-goods vehicles.

Grid-eMotion Fleet is a grid-to-plug EV charging system that enables operators to scale up their operations without the need for substantial charging infrastructure.

“The Grid-eMotion Fleet launch is a game-changer for anyone managing public transport and commercial EV fleets,” says Niklas Persson, managing director of the Grid Integration business unit at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. “Grid-eMotion Fleet delivers unprecedented scalability, space savings and operational efficiency. The solution will accelerate the global uptake of safe, sustainable and smart mobility, whilst contributing to cleaner air and an enhanced quality of life for today’s generation and those to come.”

The solution comes in standard sized containers that integrate the grid connection and charging systems all together. Once installed at a depot, the unit can provide charging for multiple vehicles, which can be scheduled to minismise grid disruption and reduce charging costs.

By using DC technology it can connect to any type of power network, removing the complexities of integrating AC-DC chargers into a system.

Compared to a conventional connection to the AC grid, Hitachi says the new solution brings a 60% reduction in space required for large-scale EV fleet charging, while the depot cabling is reduced by 40%.

The fast-to-install solution harnesses renewable energy through grid integration, smart mobility, a digital energy management system and incorporates insights from data analytics.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ smart energy management solution e-mesh is used to manage and enhance the complete charging infrastructure, calculate vehicle energy consumption and devise, plan and deliver effective charging services.

Digital analysis monitors the battery life data, route data, traffic simulation and depot control to ensure that efficient power use, energy storage and overnight charging is optimized. 

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