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High-power charging for long-distance truck transport

Battery-electric trucks are locally CO2-free and all major manufacturers have announced series production models for the coming years. However, the transport profiles in long-distance operation with heavy trucks pose special challenges with regard to charging systems, energy supply and locations in order to be able to charge battery-electric trucks sufficiently quickly within the statutory break times of 45 minutes between two trips. In the present project, two high-performance charging points with the so-called Megawatt Charging Systems (MCS) will be set up, operated and used in real logistics operations at each of four locations. In a first step, two CCS charging points for trucks will be planned and built at each of the four locations along the A2 between Berlin and the Ruhr region, making maximum use of the specification limits. Two locations directly at the motorway will be used, as well as two locations in logistics hubs. These locations will be used for the early integration of electric trucks into logistics processes and as a test case for the novel fast charging of electric trucks as well as the collection of real usage experiences. At the end of the project, eight CCS charging points and eight MCS charging points will be available at four locations to support the real-life testing of this new system and form the basis for a nationwide expansion of this technology. The construction and operation of vehicles and infrastructure is accompanied by extensive research activities. The goal here is also to provide the blueprint for nationwide expansion.

ie³ in this context does research on generic modeling and simulation of such kind of charging sites and their effects on local distribution grid structures in early project phases. Therefore, means for automatic layouting of grid coupling points based on Open Data are developed at the same time as a Data Driven model to capture the timely behavior of such a charging site with local specificities.

Project Partners

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. | Bauhaus-Universität Weimar | Technische Universität Berlin | Daimler Trucks AG | Scania AB | Volvo Group Trucks Central Europe GmbH | MAN Truck & Bus SE | EnBW mobility+ AG | P3 automotive GmbH | Heliox | ABB AG | Siemens AG


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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