Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches charging solution for large EV fleets

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched a full ‘grid-to-plug’ solution for charging large fleets of electric vehicles in public and commercial transport depots. Compared to a conventional connection to the AC grid, it brings a 60% reduction in space required for large-scale EV fleet charging, while the depot cabling is reduced by 40%. 

The solution comes in standard containers that integrate grid connection and multiple charging systems altogether, concentrating most of the charging equipment at a central location in confined depot environments. 

Options start from 1 MW grid connection with ten 100kW EV chargers, going up to 2.5MW grid connection with 20 EV chargers of 150kW each.

The Grid-eMotion Fleet uses DC technology and can connect to any power network, removing the complexities of integrating AC-DC chargers into a system. 

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

The e-mesh smart energy management solution allows operators to manage and enhance the complete charging infrastructure, calculate bus energy consumption and devise, plan and deliver effective services for passengers. 

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. 

“The Grid-eMotion Fleet launch is a game-changer for anyone managing public transport and commercial EV fleets,” said 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, while contributing to cleaner air and an enhanced quality of life for today’s generation and those to come.”