Proterra, a provider of heavy-duty electric transportation, has launched a multi-dispenser charging solution that enables Proterra charging systems to have multiple low-profile charging dispensers paired with a single power control system (PCS).
With less hardware to purchase and less equipment to install, the multi-dispenser charging solution is designed to lower the cost of infrastructure for customers, says Proterra. It is also optimal for space-constrained depots and parking facilities.
The solution enables automated, sequential vehicle charging with up to four dispensers per PCS. Sequential charging allows multiple vehicles to charge one after the other automatically and at full power. Multi-dispenser charging is enabled for Proterra’s 60 kW and 125 kW systems and serves the Proterra Catalyst transit vehicle, as well as the Proterra Powered Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus. For customers who already have Proterra chargers, the multi-dispenser solution can be retrofitted onto existing PCS units.
Proterra charging systems use standard J1772-CCS plug-in and SAE J3105 overhead pantograph technology, which enables fleet operators to charge a variety of heavy- and light-duty electric vehicles with the same chargers. In addition to the multiple dispensers for one PCS, dispensers can be installed up to 500 feet away from the PCS to further optimize space.
“One of the biggest challenges with full fleet electrification is managing a complex energy ecosystem and charging infrastructure,” says Proterra’s chief commercial officer, Matt Horton. “Proterra has consistently designed and developed both products and services that help lower upfront costs and provide flexible, scalable charging solutions to meet customer needs.”