Shell opens first megawatt EV charger for trucks and ships in Amsterdam

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell has inaugurated its first self-developed megawatt charger for dual use by electric trucks and shipping vessels at the Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam (ETCA) in the Netherlands.

The Shell megawatt charger provides a crucial additional charging facility for local operators and facilitates end-to-end testing for high-power charging solutions across marine and road transport sectors. Its capacity corresponds to about three 350 kW.

Smart grid

The charger is connected to ETCA’s microgrid, which is a smart grid that enables integration between energy supply, storage, and demand. The ETCA microgrid includes 3,600 rooftop solar panels, stationary battery storage, 119 EV chargers for cars, a hydrogen electrolyzer, and other research equipment.

The megawatt charging system is equipped with two separate charging arms. One rotatable arm is dedicated to electric vessels. Vessels with 500 kWh to 5 MWh batteries can fully recharge within two hours.

Standard system?

The other arm serves heavy-duty electric trucks and buses. The ETCA’s megawatt charger can accommodate a wide range of vessels, vehicles, and battery types for fast and flexible charging by featuring a second adapter on each charging arm.

Shell hopes the design will help reduce the costs of adding chargers for vessel operators by promoting a single common charging system standard for trucks and material handlers on seagoing vessels. It will also allow the many vehicle classes commonly found at busy seaside ports to use the same infrastructure without duplicating infrastructure investment.

‘Clean energy solution’

Hilmar van den Dool, General Manager of eMobility at Shell: “We want to help decarbonize our customers in the logistics sector. […] There are not that many electric trucks and vessels yet, so with this, we’re investing ahead of the market that is growing quickly. It is in line with our ambition to provide more and cleaner energy solutions.”

Even though the charger is a demonstration set-up, it is ready for use, and vehicles and vessels with megawatt charging capability can now visit by appointment.

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