Powering Electric Trucks in the Middle East
Hitachi Energy has won a contract from Admiral Global DMCC, a Dubai regional headquartered e-mobility and energy solutions provider, to supply the first charging infrastructure specifically for electric truck fleets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Fast-charging Grid-eMotion® Fleet will help the country progress towards its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Hitachi Energy’s scalable, grid-to-plug fast-charging solution will make it possible for fleets of commercial trucks in the middle-mile category to recharge simultaneously in a single location. The charging infrastructure, which is expected to be in operation by the end of 2023, will be used by multiple fleet operators that lease electric trucks from the Mohamed Hareb Al Otaiba Group, one of UAE’s leading entities in transport and mobility solutions. Before this, only standalone chargers, which charge one or two vehicles at a time, have been available in UAE.
“We are delighted to help the UAE take a further step on its journey towards a sustainable transportation future by providing the region’s first charging infrastructure for electric truck fleets,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “Our pathbreaking Grid-eMotion Fleet infrastructure will enable fleet operators to switch from diesel to long-range, low-carbon electric trucks.”
Grid-eMotion Fleet offers a unique range of benefits for fleet operators of trucks or buses. This grid-code-compliant and space-saving grid-to-plug solution provides fast charging to maximize the use of each vehicle. It can be installed in new and existing logistics centers and scaled flexibly as the fleet gets bigger and greener. Grid-eMotion Fleet offers a seamless charging infrastructure that includes a robust and compact grid connection and multiple charging points, making it a well-suited solution for heavy-duty trucks requiring high-power charging.
Looking ahead to COP28 in Dubai
“Our long-standing relationship with Admiral Global DMCC is a testament to our commitment to working closely with our customers to address their unique needs and provide innovative solutions that promote a carbon-neutral and sustainable future,” said Dr. Mostafa AlGuezeri, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy for the UAE, Gulf, Near East, and Pakistan. “As we look forward to COP28 in Dubai, we remain committed to supporting the global community in its efforts to combat climate change and achieve a net-zero future. We are committed to positively impacting today’s generations and those to come.”
Global demand for electric trucks is growing rapidly, especially among companies that operate large fleets of middle-mile and last-mile delivery vehicles. Enabling technology for the transition to cleaner electric trucks has been fast, efficient, and economical, with the building of charging infrastructure for multiple vehicles, at fleet depots and delivery hubs.
“Hitachi Energy’s Grid-eMotion Fleet will support the company’s partners with proven grid-to-plug charging infrastructure solutions that will encourage the use of cleaner energy in zero-emission transportation. The solution platform will add value to Admiral Energy’s portfolio of electric vehicle solutions, expanding the scope of advancing sustainability in the transportation industry in the UAE, regional and global markets,” said Venkat P, Managing Director of Admiral Global DMCC.
The UAE aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. Sustainable transportation is a key element of this ambition, which includes investing in electric mass transit systems and promoting the widespread adoption of electric cars and trucks. In November, the UAE will underscore its ambitions for a carbon-neutral world by hosting the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.
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