Germany will soon have the largest private charging network for trucks. At the end of January, Rhenus Trucking awarded the biggest single contract so far for a private charging infrastructure in Germany to SBRS, one of the leading suppliers of technology for electric charging infrastructures for road vehicles.
In 2023, SBRS will install 33 loading points at 14 locations of Contargo in Germany. These will enable the trimodal container transport service provider to expand its fleet from the present count of seven e-trucks to 33 over the next few months.
How’s the private charging network started
In June 2022, Contargo and Rhenus Trucking received notification of funding under the KsNI support programme for 28 battery-driven 44-tonners plus the relevant infrastructure. Rhenus Trucking has ordered the vehicles, and as service provider will deliver them progressively to its customer and sister company Contargo in the course of 2023.
Parallel to this, SBRS will install a total of 33 charging points, each with an output of 250 kW, at Contargo’s locations in Duisburg, Voerde-Emmelsum, Emmerich, Frankfurt-Ost, Industriepark Frankfurt-Höchst, Gustavsburg, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Neuss, Weil am Rhein and Wörth.
The procurement of the 28 e-trucks and the relevant infrastructure is subsidised by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport under the funding guidelines for the purchase of commercial vehicles with alternative climate-friendly drivetrains and the deployment of refuelling and charging infrastructure (KsNI). The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH, (National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology). Applications are approved by the Federal Logistics and Mobility Office (BALM).