BP opens ultra fast charging station for E-trucks in Germany
Oil company Aral has opened an ulta fast charging station designed for electrical driven trucks at a service station in Schwegenheim, in Southwest-Germany. It is the first charging station of its kind for Aral, part of the BP Group.
The powerful Hypercharger station is situated next to the B9, between Mannheim and Karlsruhe. It provides truck drivers with a convenient, safe, well-lit station where an electric truck capable of charging at 300kw could increase its remaining range by around 150-200km during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break. While waiting, the driver has access to additional services such as food and drinks as well as toilets.
“With the transition to electric vehicles well under way in Europe, we’re now seeing the move towards electric trucks”, says Emma Delaney, executive vice president, customers and products at BP.
“Truck manufacturers and truck fleet operators are demanding low-carbon alternative fuels and electrification is an attractive option. Opening our first truck charging facilities at Schwegenheim is an important milestone for BP and the industry.”
The two truck charging modules are not the first Hyperchargers at the Schwegenheim service station. Since November 2021, Aral has been operating some Alpitonic HPC columns for e-cars there.
However, these are installed in classic parking bays, while the new truck modules are designed according to the drive-through principle, so that the significantly longer e-trucks can stop with their charging port next to the column.
In 2021 around 1,000 battery electric trucks were sold in Germany. In Europe that number is expected to reach over 150,000 units by 2030 with the highest penetration in Germany, at 43%.
German company Daimler Truck launched its battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros for heavy urban distribution in 2021. They are one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers
The company has worked closely with BP to provide insights into the required layout, charging speeds, and convenience offers to provide truck drivers with the accessibility they need and a comfortable charging experience.
“This project is another milestone for the electrification of mobility in Germany and Europe”, according to Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, CEO and spokesman of NOW, National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.
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