Europe’s first charging network for electric trucks has been launched by BP Pulse in Germany. The terminals are strategically located on one of the busiest freight lines in Europe. But their power is very disappointing, especially compared to Tesla’s terminals.
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Major players in the oil sector, such as TotalEnergies and BP, are also working on alternative energies, and among them, electricity, of course, is one of the main business areas.
Even if electricity is no longer truly considered “alternative energy” in the world of mobility, electricity is still far behind for oil producers. In TotalEnergies, 7% of the oil tanker energy mix in 2021 was electricity, compared to 1% in 2015.
The first road axle for electric trucks in Europe
TotalEnergies is working on the deployment of charging stations and is starting to network French roads and highways at a steady pace. For its part, the British giant BP has just launched through its subsidiary BP Pulse “first loading corridor” For electric trucks in Europe. So with six public charging stations 300 kW charging pointsIt was put into use on the Rhine-Alp road corridor in Germany.
It is a strategic area as it is part of this division It is one of the busiest freight routes in Europe. It connects major North Sea ports in Belgium and the Netherlands with the Italian port of Genoa to the Mediterranean port. It also connects a network of roads with a total length of 1300 km.
BP’s distributor in Germany is called Aral, and these chargers are installed at Aral outlets in Germany, located between the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area northwest of Stuttgart and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area east of the Dutch border. Thus, drivers will have access to Aral service stations with hot meals, toilets and showers. In the next six months, two more charging stations will be opened on this axis.
Not enough charging power?
This is a first in Europe and these stations can be located up to 20 electric trucks per day per charger. With a maximum charging capacity of 300 kW, the electric truck can travel 200 km on a 45-minute charge, according to BP Pulse. This may not seem like much, especially for trucks.
Today, more operators offer it outlets over 300 kW, Like Electra or Kallista Energy, Circontrol can even reach 400 kW. Other companies, especially China, are working on more efficient terminals, such as Nio, which offers a system up to 500 kW.
Currently, the number of electric trucks in circulation in Europe is still very limited, for obvious technical reasons, but also due to the charging infrastructure. Nevertheless, BP estimates that by 2030, around 270,000 electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles will be on the road in Europe, requiring up to 140,000 charging points. BP plans to install more than 100,000 chargers worldwide by 2030.
Yet another step forward for Tesla?
It should be recalled that recently in the United States, Tesla delivered the first Semi to its first customer, the agro-food company PepsiCo. Currently, PepsiCo operates 36 of the hundred trucks ordered from Tesla. PepsiCo appears to be “underusing” trucks for undisclosed reasons.
Because even if the technical characteristics of the Tesla Semi are interesting (the brand announces 800 km of autonomy on a single charge), the fact is that you need to be able to charge the batteries quickly. That’s exactly what Tesla said during the semi’s turnkey ceremony at PepsiCo, where Elon Musk introduced an all-new charging system. Capable of transmitting more than 1000 kW (ie 1 MW). in direct current. At this time, the voltage will be about 1000 volts. Enough to refuel a Tesla Semi in less than an hour.
Tesla should install its first Megachargers this year and offer a charging solution three times faster than what BP offers. PepsiCo has already installed chargers in its factories because it takes the company 35 to 45 minutes to refuel a Tesla Semi.
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