Austrian Post faces a huge challenge with the electrification of its fleets. Not only does the fleet need to be completely replaced, but the sites must also be equipped for charging. In order to reduce grid expansion costs, they decided to rely on dynamic load management, which controls the charging processes and avoids peak loads, without restricting operations.
“We have ambitious goals for the electrification of our fleet. To achieve this, we need reliable and flexible load management that enables the economic and smooth operation of charging infrastructure.”
Since Austrian Post had already installed individual charging stations at many locations, the dynamic load management solution had to be compatible with both old and new charging stations. Although gridX did not initially support all existing charging stations, XENON’s modular architecture allowed them to be quickly integrated. In cooperation with the manufacturer, the existing charging stations could be integrated directly at the customer's site within just one week.
The use of charging infrastructure in logistics differs from many other use cases. While there are virtually no charging processes during the day, the electric vehicle charging points are completely occupied at night. Because XENON charge is run locally, the solution is robust against network incidents – a significant advantage in logistics, where a single overload during the night can jeopardize all tours for the next day.
An additional challenge at Austrian Post is the charging strategy. Since the available supply of electricity is rather limited and most of the vehicles' onboard chargers need at least 6 amps to charge, not all delivery trucks can be charged at the same time. XENON charge allows users to define their own charging strategies to meet individual needs. For example, Austrian Post was able to define a sequential charging strategy that ensures each car is sufficiently charged overnight. This guarantees that the entire electric fleet is always ready to complete the next day's tour.