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Fast Charging v. Slow Charging in Depots

The case for faster battery electric bus charging is obvious en-route. If the driver is waiting, or only has a set break period, getting as much energy into the vehicle battery as possible as fast as possible maximises the possible range.

On a depot the choices are a bit more complicated. Faster charging can mean using fewer, more powerful chargers, but more movements around the depot as vehicles are moved between chargers and storage for example. There are several factors to consider for faster or slower charging on depots which are discussed here. Our expertise and ChargeSim analysis tools can help you find the right balance between these factors.

Benefits of Fast Charging on Depot

Benefits of Slow Charging

With Switching and Dynamic Charging you can connect more than one dispenser to a charger, and electronically control which vehicle gets the available power. This can allow installation of fewer, faster chargers, without needing to move vehicles. This can offer many of the benefits of fast charging with the smaller grid connection and lower costs of smaller chargers. Switching and Dynamic charging need to be planned carefully to work with your layout for the best performance.

Selecting the size and speed of chargers to install requires balancing several considerations. Wise charging can help you find the right balance for your depot to ensure the right balance of cost and capabilities. Our ChargeSim tool can help analyse and validate a range of scenarios.

This blog post is intended for general information only and may not be applicable in all cases. Wise Charging BV makes no warranties and accepts no liability for information provided in blog posts.

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