Kempower will supply EV fast charging solutions to Virta to build a new type of electric truck charging network in Sweden. The pre-bookable truck charging stations are designed to enable Swedish logistics companies to replace most of the current 85,000 heavy trucks with electric ones.
The first charging stations, aided by a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten), will be built in Gothenburg, Söderhamn, Sundsvall, and Nordmaling. They will be ready to receive the first heavy trucks for charging at the end of 2023. Nimbnet aims to fill all the main geographical blank spaces to ensure that all of Sweden can be serviced by electric trucks. Municipalities are encouraged to get in touch with suggestions for suitable underserved locations.
The charging network is created by Virta, a Finland-based global charging platform and end-to-end solution provider and Nimbnet, a Swedish charging station operator. As part of the partnership, Virta will deliver platform-integrated Kempower fast charging stations to Nimbnet.
Pre-bookable charging slots and flexible pricing
The Nimbnet charging stations are laid out to accommodate the longest heavy trucks as well as personal cars. The integrated Kempower chargers can deliver up to 350kW of continuous power, which means charging times will be market-leading. Nimbnet’s innovative reservation system helps commercial truck operators plan dependable delivery routes and schedules beforehand so that overall waiting times are minimized and fleet utility rates are maximized.
In addition to enabling reliable and scheduled A-to-B delivery logistics, Nimbnet promises truck companies savings on electricity prices. The network offers flexible pricing based on the current electricity price on the Nord Pool electricity market and the load of the local power grid. Customers will be able to plan their charging to get the best price, which will also help grid operators avoid huge peaks of demand. At Nimbnet stations, EV drivers will be able to charge with Virta mobile APP, RFID tag, credit card and Plug&Charge compatible vehicle.
“Heavy trucks contribute a quarter of all road transport CO2 emissions and are key to tackling climate change. As all the major truck manufacturers are quickly electrifying their fleets and 56% of all heavy trucks travel less than 250 kilometers each day, range is no longer the issue it once was. Most heavy trucks could be replaced with electric ones, but the current charging infrastructure does not yet serve their needs. Nimbnet’s Virta-powered network is designed with their needs in mind from the very beginning,” says Torbjörn Nordling, Project Supervisor at Nimbnet.
“We are more than delighted to see that our end user-facing solutions to serve the heavy-duty markets’ needs of tomorrow are already to be put to real use by forerunners such as Nimbnet. Furthermore, also enabling our customers speed to market via our turnkey-ready plug and play deliveries built around their needs and desires,” says Martin Lundgren, Country Manager for Virta Sweden.
“Heavy vehicles and logistics play a very important role in the electrification of transport. We are proud to be involved in this remarkable project and to bring our scalable, modular, and user-friendly charging solutions to truck operators in Sweden. Logistics in the country is now rapidly electrifying and we want to support this development.”says Tomi Ristimäki, Kempower’s CEO.
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Kempower designs and manufactures DC fast charging solutions for electric vehicles and machines. We’re a team of electric vehicle enthusiasts with a deep understanding of the charging market and a hands-on mentality. Our product development and production are based in Finland, with a majority of our materials and components sourced locally. We focus on all areas of transportation, from personal cars and commercial vehicles to mining equipment, boats and motorsports. With Kemppi Group’s 70 years’ experience in perfecting DC power supplies, we set the bar high in engineering and user-experience design. Kempower is listed in the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland. www.kempower.com