This loading speed would revolutionize road transportation

There is a lot of talk that trucks and heavy transport will not be able to be electrified since the weight and volume of the batteries would reduce profitability and the slow loading speed would make any type of fast freight unviable. But be careful, the prototype of the Siemens Megawatt charging system (MCS) successfully carried out a 1 MW load.

We have never seen such a level of power. Siemens Smart Infrastructure successfully completed the first 1 MW load, in a pilot that gathered a MCS charging station prototype from Siemens and a prototype of a long-distance electric truck.

The batteries commonly used in eTrucks (much larger than those in electric passenger cars) could go from 20 to 80% in about 30 minutes at a charging station with a power of around one megawatt. Combined with the current Combined Charging System (CCS), the MCS will become a game-changer in the electrification of heavy vehicles.

Markus Mildner, CEO eMobility of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, indicated that “the success of the test represents a big step forward technologically and underlines our ambition to actively make transport more sustainable.”

Heavy vehicles areresponsible for more than 25% of emissions of greenhouse gases from road transport in the European Union. The European Parliament approved measures so that large trucks and buses reduce their emissions by 90% from 2040 (and urban buses have zero emissions as early as 2035).

The electrification of long-distance road transport will change the business model of transport companies and suppliers who cannot carry out their work without emissions could be out of the game.

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