Volvo Trucks North America took a step toward the widespread usage of electric trucks by expanding charging options, the company announced Aug. 26.
The Combined Charging System CCS2 connector was designed around the unique needs of medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks. The Volvo LIGHTS project and its partners secured a safety certification for the system, which means more charging options for fleet operators.
“There is a great deal of enthusiasm and interest from the prospective customers that are saying, how do I get started?” Keith Brandis, vice president of partnerships and strategic solutions at Volvo Group, told Transport Topics. “Officially we have not made our commercial launch. That’s going to happen later.”
Volvo LIGHTS is a collaboration among different organizations to develop a blueprint to successfully introduce battery-electric trucks and equipment into the market at scale. REMA EV Connections manufactures the charging system and is one of the partners on the project.
The Underwriters Laboratories verified that the charging system meets North American safety standards. This certification enables fleet operators to purchase the system directly from suppliers such as Volvo LIGHTS vendor ABB.