DPD to trial mobile charging for vans

29 June 2023 #Van

Parcel delivery service DPD will trial a new mobile powerbank charging system that could provide a solution for van drivers that are unable to charge their vehicles at home overnight.

A multi-van pilot at the firm’s eco depot in Bicester will allow drivers to collect a portable OnCharge ZIR0 prototype powerbank before driving home after their shift.

The prototype, which has a real operating capacity of 50kWh, will charge the main traction battery of the van overnight, resulting in a 100% charge by the start of the driver’s day.

It will take 90 seconds to load in the evening, and unload in the morning, and the trials will allow OnCharge and DPD engineers to gather field data and review driver feedback.

The pilot is part of OnCharge Energy’s Field Test and Development programme and a key step towards scaling up customer production in late 2023.

Olly Craughan, Head of Sustainability at DPD said: “It’s fantastic to work with OnCharge to try this system in the real-world. Working together will give us the opportunity to really understand the impact it can have on our drivers first-hand.”

Philip Clarke, CEO, OnCharge Energy said: “In terms of productivity, the most efficient time to charge a commercial EV is overnight, but around 70% of fleet van drivers can’t charge at home.

“We believe that a take-home powerbank that you can collect at the end of the working day could revolutionise commercial EV fleet management and help encourage more drivers to switch to EVs.”

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