US. Megawatt Charging System from Siemens delivers 1 MW charge for the first-time during testing

Prototype Megawatt Charging System [MCS] from Siemens successfully delivered a 1MW charge

The new technology highlights the potential for megawatt charging to redefine long haul trucking

The Siemens SICHARGE Megawatt Charging System used is based on its SICHARGE portfolio with a customized MCS dispenser

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has completed the first successful 1MW charge, in a pilot which brought together a prototype MCS charging station from Siemens and a long-haul prototype eTruck from a well-established OEM.

Megawatt charging system prototype

Prototype Megawatt Charging System [MCS] from Siemens successfully delivered a 1MW charge

Growth in the battery electric truck industry is being driven by technological developments in both battery and charger technology. The growing demand for zero emission transportation solutions remains pertinent for long-distance haulage with numerous opportunities for fleet operators. In combination with the current Combined Charging System [CCS], Megawatt Charging System [MCS] will become a game-changer in heavy-duty electrification.

MCS charging can successfully contribute towards sustainable long-distance transport for heavy-duty vehicles. To drive further progress in the sustainable transformation of this high emitting transport sector, Siemens has introduced a prototype of the SICHARGE Megawatt Charging System. Based on the existing portfolio, the MCS consists of multiple SICHARGE UC150 power cabinets, a switching matrix and a customized MCS dispenser. The switching matrix is the central element in the MCS, bundling the output power of the charging stations and, depending on the requirement, directing the power to the MCS dispenser. Batteries commonly used in eTrucks could be charged from 20 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes at a suitable charging station with an output of around one megawatt.

Markus Mildner, CEO eMobility, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, added: “Especially in long-distance transport, electric trucks and coaches will need fast MCS during the legally prescribed driving time break. To ensure nationwide distribution of this, various requirements must be met including on the governmental side. However, the successful test brings us a big step forward on the technology side and underlines our ambition to actively make transport more sustainable.”

The road ahead: eMobility in long-distance haulage with numerous opportunities for fleet operators

Heavy-duty vehicles1 [HDVs] are responsible for more than 25% of greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions from road transport in the European Union [EU]. Reducing these emissions is crucial to the EU’s objectives of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and lowering demand for imported fossil fuels. To deliver on climate ambitions and improve the EU air quality, the European Parliament has recently adopted new measures, to strengthen CO₂ emission reduction targets for new HDVs. CO₂ emissions from large trucks and buses will have to be reduced by 90% as of 2040. By 2030, new urban buses will need to reduce their emissions by 90% and become zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

The electrification of long-distance trucking will change the business model of transport companies and create room for competitive advantage on several levels. More and more customers of transport companies are attaching importance to CO₂-neutral transportation of their goods – providers who cannot meet this requirement will miss out.