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Munich, April 20, 2020. JOLT has just taken delivery of its first SWAP-TRUCK. This is another decisive step in our mission to bring really fast charging to drivers and fleet operators in cities and suburbs,. This truck will be used to test JOLT’s unique process of charger swapping in urban environments.
Installing chargers in cities is very challenging due to cost and limited electrical infrastructure. By deploying battery-based or swap-chargers, JOLT will vastly improve both the investment and time needed to expand or transition existing urban charging infrastructure away from the AC-charging concept to DC high-power charging.
JOLT’s chargers will focus on powering the next generation of electric vehicle, being able to charge at 320 kW or 200 km in 9 minutes. Additionally, the system’s flexibility will vastly improve the quality and accessibility of charging for city residents.
The new truck will now be fitted with state-of-the-art automatic lifting equipment, allowing JOLT’s MerlinOne high-power chargers to be picked-up and replaced in 3-5 minutes, reducing any traffic disruption. The charging truck can carry 5 chargers at the same time and uses the latest technology to ensure passerby and driver safety. It has a very short chassis, with 2-turning axels, thereby ensuring maximum manoeuvrability in car parks and in tight city streets.
JOLT is also working closely with leading e-truck manufacturers to develop a swapping truck for the future. This will be able to operate in cities with zero emissions. This development is expected to take another 18 months, as many of the current models are only available at pre-series production pricing and therefore not economical to operate.
Taking delivery of this first swap-truck will allow JOLT to begin initial city trials as early as JULY, followed by a multi-city roadshow during the late summer and pilot charging operations scheduled for Q4, the first significant step in bringing high-power charging downtown.