BatteryLoop has performed several Energy Analyses on fast charging of electric trucks, as part of the development of new products.
Goal: Enable transition from fossil-fuel trucks to electric trucks.
Challenge: Get enough power to the fast-charger to be able to reduce charging time and thereafter be able to charge more vehicles.
Solution: Conduct energy analysis with BatteryLoops, the results from the analysis are the foundation for investigating opportunities and benefits a BLESS™ can create for the customer.
Result: The analysis shows that with a BLESS™ system in place, the fast charger could supply 350 kW to the trucks instead of the grid capacity limit of 70 kW. The charging time would reduce from approximal 3 hours to 45 minutes.
More and more logistics companies are in the transition from fossil fuel trucks to electric trucks. A challenge that almost all of them faces is how to meet the charging need in a fast and efficient way.
Depending on the type of truck and the route they are driving, charging will be necessary either at the home depot, on their way to their destination or at their customer site. The shorter time available for charging, the higher power output is needed. Currently a lot of sites have a limitation in their grid capacity which means they have a challenge to support charging of electric vehicles. Without a sufficiently powerful charging infrastructure the transition to electric vehicles will slow down since it’s not cost-efficient for the trucks to charge long hours on their routes.
A solution to this, without needing to increase the grid capacity, is to install a BLESS™ to support the chargers. In one of the studied cases with destination charging, the grid capacity was only 70 kW. However, with a BLESS™ we could increase the power output to 350 kW, an increase with 400 %. Instead of taking 3 hours to charge the needed energy, it only took 45 minutes which was one of the requirements from the customer.