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26 Apr 2024

Megawatt Charging System From Siemens Delivers 1 MW Charge for the First-Time During Testing

26 Apr 2024  by greencarcongress   
Siemens Smart Infrastructure has completed the first successful 1MW charge, in a pilot which brought together a prototype Megawatt Charging System (MCS) charging station from Siemens and a long-haul prototype eTruck from a well-established OEM.

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.

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.

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