In a significant milestone for sustainable transportation, Electreon has announced the successful installation of its cutting-edge inductive charging system in a 50-tonne electric truck. The truck, a DAF XF model, underwent a remarkable transformation by Dutch commercial vehicle manufacturer GINAF, now proudly named GINAF GE2121.
The pioneering charging technology was put to the test as part of Electreon's groundbreaking Smartroad Gotland project in Sweden. The electric truck underwent charging both while stationary and while in motion, demonstrating the versatility and efficiency of Electreon's solution. Buoyed by this achievement, Electreon and GINAF are now planning to carry out aftermarket installations in additional GINAF trucks, utilizing either DAF or Mercedes-Benz chassis.
Roeland van der Woude, CEO of GINAF, expressed great satisfaction with the truck's exceptional performance on the world's first public Electric Road, Electreon's Smartroad in Gotland. He emphasized how this success validates GINAF's prowess as a flexible and high-quality alternative to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for transport companies aiming to enhance the sustainability of their 7-50+ ton trucks.
Looking ahead, Electreon and GINAF have set their sights on implementing aftermarket installations in more GINAF trucks based on DAF or Mercedes-Benz chassis. Additionally, they have forged a partnership with REARQ, a Swedish company specializing in circular economic practices, with the objective of converting existing internal combustion engine trucks available in the market.
Henrik Wallström, CEO of REARQ, emphasized the significance of this collaborative effort in driving the transition towards sustainable transportation solutions. By integrating smart charging technology with electric vehicles, the aim is to maximize the benefits associated with the shift to 100% electric mobility.
GINAF Nederland has garnered attention in the e-mobility sector following its acquisition by Clean Logistics last year, although it was subsequently sold.
Electreon has been making significant strides in the inductive charging technology arena, as evident from a recent substantial order from Norway. Moreover, in March, an exciting collaboration with Toyota and Denso was announced in the field of inductive charging. Prior to that, a similar project to the Smartroad was unveiled in Germany on a smaller scale, focusing on a Garden Show shuttle bus.
As Electreon continues to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry with its groundbreaking inductive charging solutions, the successful installation of their technology in the 50-tonne electric truck marks yet another remarkable achievement. With the support of forward-thinking companies like GINAF and REARQ, the path toward a sustainable and eco-friendly future in transportation is steadily gaining momentum.