Heliox to be global charging partner for Paccar
Dutch charging infrastructure specialist Heliox is joining forces with US commercial vehicle group Paccar to supply DC chargers for electric trucks in both North America and Europe. The deal will involve Paccar's DAF brand in Europe and the Kenworth and Peterbilt brands in North America. In Europe, Paccar will offer its customers and dealers 40 kW mobile chargers and stationary fast chargers with outputs ranging from 150 kW to 360 kW.
Heliox says that one of the fast chargers can be used to charge an electric truck during a lunch break or three lower-power electric trucks overnight. In North America, Heliox will supply 40 kW and 50 kW mobile chargers to Paccar dealers and customers. Mobile chargers are often used by companies that are just making the switch to electric vehicles and are only testing whether it is worthwhile to build stationary charging infrastructure.
"The truck market is at a turning point in embracing the future of electric driving," says Dick Leek, General Manager at Paccar Parts Europe. "Heliox will work closely with DAF to meet their customers' charging needs, facilitating the transition of their fleet from diesel to electric transport." Heliox CEO Michael Colijn added: "This partnership has come at the perfect time as Heliox continues to expand its European operations for the e-truck market." DAF very recently unveiled two new electric at the IAA Transportation in Hanover, the XD Electric and XF Electric series. Both models feature modular powertrains with Paccar e-motors producing between 170 to 350 kW and a range of battery packs for ranges from 200 to over 500 kilometres, which can be charged at up to 325 kW.
DAF already has four locally emission-free trucks in various weight classes. In May last year, Dutch truck manufacturer DAF Trucks began offering its customers a complete range of charging stations with outputs from 20 kW to 350 kW. Mobile chargers with an output of 24 kW to 40 kW were also put on offer.
With the new chargers from Heliox, the company underlined that ongoing interoperability testing with new medium- to heavy-duty vehicles will ensure that "Heliox equipment is among the most consistent and reliable on the market." Heliox explains that its chargers can be monitored and controlled using EV Service Provider software via the cloud-based Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP). Paccar has previously partnered with ABB for commercial vehicle charging solutions in North America and Europe. This partnership includes various chargers from 20 kW mobile units to 350 kW HPCs.