The shift to electric vehicles is well underway. However, despite growing popularity of electrification, issues remain around infrastructure to support this shift, particularly for charging.
The aim of ASSURED is to boost the electrification of urban commercial vehicles and their integration with high power fast charging infrastructure, evaluating several infrastructures in different cities across Europe. The project aims to develop and test high-power solutions for full-size, urban, heavy-duty applications. The fundamental goal is that each of these solutions will be able to charge various types of vehicles, and can be designed to supply energy for a whole fleet of buses.
To achieve this, ASSURED will test six public transport buses, two garbage trucks, one delivery truck, and one light commercial delivery vehicle with automatic fast charging, which means that there is no human interaction during the charging process. The charging solutions tested by ASSURED will include different types of pantographs, plug-in and wireless charging. The goal is to charge different vehicles using the same infrastructure, which is what makes ASSURED so innovative: this will be the first time a project sets out to test the interoperability of the charging solutions applied. If successful, this will help reduce costs and support the standardisation of the elements of the infrastructure.
ASSURED brings together partners including fast charging suppliers, electricity suppliers, grid operators, engineering and technology organisations, and research institutions (POLIS, Volvo, Siemens, Rupprecht Consult and others) and is demonstrating use cases in cities including; Helmond, Gothenburg, Munich and Turin.
The project runs from October 2017 until September 2021.
For further information, please contact Giacomo Lozzi.