As our transportation moves towards electrification, fleet operators have a lot more to consider than just purchasing vehicles. They must also develop a charging solution that fits the needs of their operation today, with the ability to scale as their electric fleet grows.
“Fueling” a vehicle with electricity is similar to the concept of charging a cell phone. Once plugged into a charger, an electric vehicle draws energy from the grid, which is stored in a battery and fuels the vehicle. Despite the seemingly simple concept, charging a battery electric truck can require a large amount of electricity in a very short period of time—this is amplified further when multiple vehicles need to refuel quickly.
As part of Volvo LIGHTS, project partners will demonstrate a range of strategies to provide reliable and cost-effective power to commercial fleet operators, while maintaining a safe and stable electric utility grid.
Volvo LIGHTS Charging Innovations Include:
- A mix of public and private electric vehicle chargers, including one of the nation’s first publicly accessible fast charging truck stations
- Networked chargers integrated with vehicle telematics to balance the needs of the vehicle, facility, and utility grid
- Integration of onsite solar panels to mitigate grid impacts and energy costs
- Use of second-life batteries to improve grid and facility resiliency, provide load management, and offset total cost of ownership
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Smart chargers will use Greenlots cloud software to integrate with Volvo’s truck telematics to balance the needs of the vehicle, facility and utility grid.Jeff TolnarGreenlots