Megawatt charging for electric trucks on the A2

Charging stations will be set up on the A2 motorway by 2023, where heavy-duty trucks with outputs in the megawatt range can quickly recharge their batteries.

The electrification of trucks is associated with greater challenges than with cars. Frequent and long downtimes to recharge the batteries are hardly possible for cost and time reasons. Improvement promises the possibility of massively increasing the charging capacity and thus minimizing downtimes on the fast charger.

A consortium of truck manufacturers, industrial partners, the energy service provider EnBW and research institutions are planning to set up high-performance charging parks (HoLa) for megawatt charging on the A2 motorway. This term indicates the charging power. On the industrial side, Daimler Truck, the Traton Group with MAN and Scania, and Volvo are on board.

27 million euros investment

Four locations are planned between Berlin and the Ruhr area by autumn 2023, where the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) will then also be available. In the first step, fast chargers are set up with the well-known CCS standard. The investments for the megawatt charging on the A2 should amount to 27 million euros, of which twelve million will be contributed as a subsidy by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Conclusion

Higher charging power for short downtimes on the megawatt fast charger should also promote electrification in the heavy truck sector. Battery-electric drives are therefore also increasingly competing with fuel cells.

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