ASSURED is aimed at boosting the electrification of urban commercial vehicles and their integration with high power fast charging infrastructure, evaluating several infrastructures in different cities across Europe.
The project started in October 2017 with the aim of developing and testing high-power solutions for full-size, urban, heavy-duty applications. The fundamental aim is that each of these solutions will be able to charge various types of vehicles, and are designed to supply energy for a whole fleet of buses.
Using innovative charging management strategies will contribute to reducing noise and air pollution, as well as the total cost of ownership and operational costs. Another element which will be improved is the grid stability to ensure a secure energy supply, essential for future uses when a larger number of vehicles will rely on the charging infrastructure.
To achieve this, ASSURED will test six public transport buses, two garbage trucks, one delivery truck, and one light commercial delivery vehicle with automatic fast charging, which means that there is no human interaction during the charging process. The charging solutions tested by ASSURED will include different types of pantographs, plug-in and wireless charging.
The goal is to charge different vehicles using the same infrastructure, which is what makes ASSURED so innovative: this will be the first time a project sets out to test the interoperability of the charging solutions applied. If successful, this will help reduce costs and support the standardisation of the elements of the infrastructure.