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HoLa – High performance charging for long-haul trucking

Battery-electric trucks are locally CO2-free and all major manufacturers have announced series production models for the coming years. However, the transport profiles in long-distance operation with heavy trucks pose special challenges with regard to charging systems, energy supply and locations in order to be able to charge battery-electric trucks sufficiently quickly within the statutory break times of 45 minutes between two trips.

In the present project, two high-performance charging points with the so-called Megawatt Charging Systems (MCS) will be set up, operated and used in real logistics operations at each of four locations. In a first step, two CCS charging points for trucks will be planned and built at each of the four locations along the A2 between Berlin and the Ruhr region, making maximum use of the specification limits. Two locations directly at the motorway will be used, as well as two locations in logistics hubs. These locations will be used for the early integration of electric trucks into logistics processes and as a test case for the novel fast charging of electric trucks as well as the collection of real usage experiences. At the end of the project, eight CCS charging points and eight MCS charging points will be available at four locations to support the real-life testing of this new system and form the basis for a nationwide expansion of this technology. Four truck manufacturers are participating in the project and will supply a total of eight CCS and four MCS vehicles, operate them with the help of other partners and charge them along the route. The construction and operation of vehicles and infrastructure is accompanied by extensive research activities. The goal here is also to provide the blueprint for a nationwide expansion.

The project "High Performance Charging For Long-haul Trucking" comprises 11 work packages (WP 0 to WP 10), which are divided into three parts.

Part 1: Planning of construction & operation of the charging sites (WP0-WP2)

  • WP 0: Implementation of site selection and configuration as a basis for the subsequent installation of the charging infrastructure.
  • WP1: Preparation of the overall concept on the requirements for high-capacity charging for further expansion planning throughout Germany and Europe.
  • WP2: Identification of long-term requirements for the charging park and vehicles for a nationwide expansion of high-performance charging infrastructure and preparation of the accompanying data collection.

Part 2: Demonstration (WP3-WP7)

  • WP3: Installation of CCS charging infrastructure and expansion of MCS at four locations
  • WP4: Operation of the CCS and MCS charging infrastructure at four locations
  • WP5: Set-up/Construction and operation of CCS vehicles with over 350 kW charging capability
  • WP6: Set-up/Construction and operation of the MCS vehicles with over 750 kW charging capability
  • WP7: Coordination with the international standardization of the new MCS charging stations as well as operational optimization with final evaluation on the total usage costs of the new MCS charging stations

Part 3: Monitoring & Field Analysis (WP8-WP10)

  • WP8: Investigation of usability, resilience as well as energy-economic integration at the sites
  • WP9: Analyses of the organizational models for the provision and financing of the charging infrastructure as well as considerations of economic efficiency
  • WP10: Coordination, networking and knowledge transfer
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