Electronics giant ABB will be supplying chargers capable of charging batteries at up to 920 VDC for Volvo’s Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project.
The Volvo LIGHTS project is a partnership among the Volvo Group, charging solution provider Greenlots (a Shell subsidiary), and several other players in the charging infrastructure space. The project aims to demonstrate the ability of EVs to optimize freight and warehouse efficiencies.
Volvo Trucks demonstrated its all-electric Volvo VNR regional distribution truck in February, and hopes to begin commercial production later in 2020.
As a technology supplier for the LIGHTS project, ABB will provide high-voltage charging technology including the Terra 54HV (50 kW, CCS) and the HVC 150 Depot Box (150 kW, CCS). All ABB charging systems are equipped with connectivity for remote monitoring, diagnostics and upgrades, and support OCPP and Autocharge open protocols. These connectivity features are designed to seamlessly integrate with the Greenlots SKY Platform.
“This project is unique in the sense of its scope, and that it takes into account the entire system from charging stations to yard haulers to solar panels to workforce development to heavy-duty trucks,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America. “The Volvo LIGHTS project embodies collaboration among innovators like ABB with electrification domain expertise from the charger to the grid.”