The number of electric vehicles in the bus and logistics environment continues to grow and is becoming an increasingly important factor for fleet operators. Taking this into consideration, it becomes increasingly important for them to be able to charge vehicles from multiple manufacturers. At the same time, the charging process should be optimally integrated in their day-to-day operations. The Sicharge UC portfolio is compatible with the Combined Charging System (CCS) charging standard, ensuring that charging processes are vendor-neutral. It is also available in power levels from 50 to 600 kW, which means operators get the most out of their depots by charging various vehicle types such as buses and trucks.
The charging system is also flexible with regards to its application. “For buses that cover a lengthy route during the day, for example, a single charge at the depot is often not enough,” said Monique Mertins, Head of Charging Infrastructure Europe and Latin America at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “Additional charging points are needed along the route. That’s why it’s important that charging stations can be connected to various contact systems like charging plugs, which are often used for depot charging, and also to pantographs for charging at other points along the way. The advantage of a pantograph is, that the vehicle will connect with the charging system entirely automatically, with no need to attach a plug manually.”