Hitachi partners with GRIDSERVE

Hitachi ZeroCarbon will be the principal partner in GRIDSERVE’s Electric Freightway project, it has been announced. 

The project will see around 140 eHGVs integrated into a charging network across 15 motorway charging sites and more than 10 commercial depot charging locations.

Hitachi ZeroCarbon’s project role will provide data and deliver validated insights from battery electric HGV’s operating in the real-world over a five-year period to prove the technology can replace diesel vehicles.

This will involve analysing routes, vehicle and charging session data including battery health, range and charging infrastructure monitoring as well as total cost of ownership modelling to support business cases for future eHGV deployments.

Hitachi ZeroCarbon will bring its knowledge from the Optimise Prime project, which included partners Royal Mail and Uber, and looked at solutions to enable networks and fleet operators prepare for the transition to commercial electric vehicles. 

The data architecture for the project will be based on Lumada, Hitachi’s digital platform, which will provide learning, insights and data sets to inform future eHGV UK strategy.

Ram Ramachander, Chief Executive of Hitachi ZeroCarbon said: “Hitachi is committed to being a climate change innovator, and this means bringing our next-generation technologies and strong sector expertise to the Electric Freightway project.

“Freight transport is a large contributor to global CO2 emissions, so decarbonising the sector is vital to meet net zero targets. We are looking forward to working alongside GRIDSERVE and the wider consortium to showcase the technologies that exist today which will help deliver a zero-carbon future”.

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