Megawatt charging network for long-haul trucks under development

September 29, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Megawatt charging network for long-haul trucks under development
Electromobility has gained enormous momentum, but so far this has almost only applied to passenger cars - and to short-haul trucks. This is because there is still a lack of suitable charging infrastructure for heavy trucks with battery drives along motorways and trunk roads: The HoLa innovation cluster now wants to lay the foundations for a corresponding high-performance charging network.

The aim of the innovation cluster project "High-performance charging in long-distance truck transport" (HoLa), which has just started, is to gain insights for a standardised expansion of high-performance truck charging parks throughout Germany. Twenty-two partners from industry and research are involved, including the truck manufacturers Daimler Truck, MAN, Scania and Volvo. Other participants are the Fraunhofer research network, the electrical companies ABB and Siemens as well as a number of universities and the charging network operator Ionity. For their research work, the partners want to build a demonstration track along the A2 motorway. Heavy trucks should be able to call up charging power in the megawatt range.

Specifically, HoLa is to plan a high-performance charging infrastructure for long-distance battery-electric truck transport. In addition, the consortium is to set up and operate such a network as a prototype. This will be done on a demonstration route between Berlin and the Ruhr region. In addition, the project will address research questions surrounding the subsequent nationwide expansion of high-capacity truck charging parks in Germany and create a blueprint for the design of charging locations.

"Electrification is also advancing massively in the commercial vehicle sector. For this to take hold, high-capacity truck charging parks and the possibility of megawatt charging are an important prerequisite," comments Hildegard Müller, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which has assumed patronage of the project. "The HoLa project brings together expertise from industry and research and helps to gather much-needed experience in setting up and operating these high-performance charging parks, thus laying the foundations for a nationwide expansion of the new technology."

Within the framework of the project, two high-power charging points with the so-called Megawatt Charging System (MCS) will be set up, operated and applied in real logistics operations at each of four locations along the A2


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