VDL CHARGING PLAZA FOR HEAVY-DUTY TRANSPORT
At the beginning of the summer in the Netherlands VDL presented a unique charging location for electric vehicles on the grounds of VDL ETS (Enabling Transport Solutions) in the city of Valkenswaard which is close to Eindhoven were VDL Bus & Coach delivered last year 43 electric Citea's. It is called the Charging Plaza.
In this Charging Plaza up to seven vehicles can be charged simultaneously in different ways. The idea behind this charging station is to gain more insight into the complete chain of electric heavy-duty transport. At VDL they consider this of great importance to the further development for the electrification of heavy-duty transport vehicles.
The Charging Plaza is modularly constructed to allow different autonomous systems, solutions and charging equipment to communicate and work together. The latest charging equipment from the main suppliers is present and can be linked to the various rapid charging connections, such as liquid-cooled charging plugs and various pantograph solutions. The Charging Plaza has a capacity of 1.4 MW and makes it possible to conduct tests with charging power up to 600 kW and current flows up to 1000 A. "The cooperation between the various VDL companies and our strategic partners in connection with charging systems and energy storage offers clear added value and will reduces costs for the customer”, says CEO Willem van der Leegte of VDL Group, “This will ultimately accelerate the transition to clean transport, which will benefit us all.”
Unique to the charging square at VDL ETS is that it is not only possible to charge vehicles but also discharge them via the charging infrastructure. After discharging, the energy is stored in a stationary battery pack.