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23 - 25 APRIL 2024 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK
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New energy storage systems for Volvo truck dealers

Volvo Truck & Bus dealers tackle grid capacity issues with Connected Energy's battery systems, enabling high-powered EV charging.


Two Volvo Truck & Bus dealers have found an innovative solution to overcome one of the biggest barriers the UK faces with the shift to zero emission transport.

Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland planned to install high-powered charge points at two of its service workshops for battery-powered HGVs and buses – Volvo Truck and Bus Centre Carlisle, and Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London North, in Enfield. However, it found that neither site had a high enough import capacity from the grid to power the chargers.

The transition to all-electric trucks requires charge points that can be up to 50 times more powerful than fast chargers for cars. This places a much bigger strain on energy supplies than car charging – with many organisations lacking the available electricity capacity to install the charging they require.

Connected Energy, a global leader in second-life battery energy storage systems, worked with each site to install their innovative 300kW E-STOR system. The systems will provide enough power to ensure both facilities can run high-capacity charging points – 350kW and five 22kW electric car chargers for courtesy cars and vans for Enfield, while at Carlisle E- STOR will support a 150kW truck charge point and two 22kW electric car chargers for courtesy cars and vans.

Christian Coolsaet, managing director at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said:

As a market leader in electric trucks, it is important that we can provide high-powered charging at our key locations within our dealer network to support our customers. However, we are faced with grid capacity constraints at almost all our sites which is impacting our infrastructure plans. By installing Connected Energy’s battery energy storage systems, we can bring additional power onto the sites which helps us to move forward with the installation of high-powered charge points.


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