New Swedish charging station operator, Nimbnet, and Finland-based global charging platform and end-to-end solution provider, Virta, have signed a partnership to build a brand new type of charging network specifically for electric trucks.
The pre-bookable truck charging stations are designed to enable Swedish logistics companies to replace most of the current 85,000 heavy trucks with electric ones. As part of the partnership, Virta will deliver platform-integrated Kempower charging stations to Nimbnet.
“Heavy trucks contribute a quarter of all road transport CO2 emissions and are key to tackling climate change. As all the major truck manufacturers are quickly electrifying their fleets and 56% of all heavy trucks travel less than 250 kilometers each day, range is no longer the issue it once was. Most heavy trucks could be replaced with electric ones, but the current charging infrastructure does not yet serve their needs. Nimbnet’s Virta-powered network is designed with their needs in mind from the very beginning,” says Torbjörn Nordling, Project Supervisor at Nimbnet.
The first new Nimbnet charging stations, aided by a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten), will be built in Gothenburg, Söderhamn, Sundsvall, and Nordmaling. They will be ready to receive the first heavy trucks for charging at the end of 2023. Nimbnet aims to fill all the main geographical blank spaces to ensure that all of Sweden can be serviced by electric trucks. Municipalities are encouraged to get in touch with suggestions for suitable underserved locations.
“We are more than delighted to see that our end user-facing solutions to serve the heavy-duty markets' needs of tomorrow are already to be put to real use by forerunners such as Nimbnet. Furthermore, also enabling our customers speed to market via our turnkey-ready plug and play deliveries built around their needs and desires.” Says Martin Lundgren, Country Manager for Virta Sweden.
Pre-bookable charging slots and flexible pricing
The Nimbnet charging stations are laid out to accommodate the longest heavy trucks as well as personal cars. The integrated Kempower chargers can deliver up to 350kW of continuous power, which means charging times will be market-leading. Nimbnet’s innovative reservation system helps commercial truck operators plan dependable delivery routes and schedules beforehand so that overall waiting times are minimised and fleet utility rates are maximised.
In addition to enabling reliable and scheduled A-to-B delivery logistics, Nimbnet promises truck companies savings on electricity prices. The network offers flexible pricing based on the current electricity price on the Nord Pool electricity market and the load of the local power grid. Customers will be able to plan their charging to get the best price, which will also help grid operators avoid huge peaks of demand.
Over 1,000 partners around the world operate their EV charging services with Virta. The “Powered by Virta” network includes 70,000 chargers in 34 countries with access to over 350,000 charging points. At Nimbnet stations EV drivers will be able to charge with Virta mobile APP, RFID tag, credit card and Plug&Charge compatible vehicle.
Nimbnet is a Swedish charge point operator specialised in heavy transport. Each station provides fast charging of all vehicles and each slot is designed for wheelchair accessibility. Nimbnet take a holistic approach, working with partners to make electrified transport the most convenient, economical, and sustainable choice for persons, goods, and society. The aim is to accelerate electrification to stay within the IPCC 1.5-degree target to stave off climate disaster.
Virta is one of Europe’s fastest growing companies (FT 1000). Our platform enables companies to maximise business benefits and gives a fast and cost-efficient channel to launch, operate, and scale an EV charging business. Virta operates in over 30 countries globally, enabling EV charging services of over 1,000 charging networks operating on the Virta platform. Virta is one of the biggest market players in Europe offering EV charging through +350,000 charging points in our roaming network.