The refilling station sits at the centre of the Electromotiv renewable transport service.
Every bus network and truck route is different, and Electromotiv will work with operators to determine exactly what charging infrastructure they need to meet their individual needs. But the one constant – as with any machine – is fuel. All vehicles, no matter whether they run on petrol, diesel, electricity or hydrogen, eventually run out. That, of course, is where refuelling becomes essential.
How refilling stations work
There are many different types of high-quality, well-tested refilling stations available right now, each one suited to different vehicles, operators and conditions.
Whether operators need charging stations along a route, refilling terminals at the end of a route, refuelling structures at a depot, or a combination, Electromotiv can build (or upgrade) the infrastructure. It can then be leased from us.
Our flexible agreements mean operators get their infrastructure upgraded when they need it, letting them concentrate on their areas of expertise: their passengers, drivers and vehicles.
Infrastructure is critical but on its own it can’t facilitate the transition to renewable transport. That’s why Electromotiv works closely with experts in batteries, energy distribution and vehicle support.
For those looking at electric options, a battery is an essential component of the transition to green technology.
Technology in the area is advancing rapidly, but batteries don’t yet last as long as high-quality buses or trucks. That makes outright ownership an off-putting expense for some operators. It’s why we offer long-term battery leases.
Operators pay a flat monthly rate, or a straightforward dollar-per-kilometre charge, and we simply install a new battery into the vehicle when the old one reaches between 80 and 70 percent of its capacity. That’s when it becomes less useful in a vehicle; it’s still extremely useful in many other situations, however. We’ll reuse the old bus batteries in the system, enabling more and cheaper electric bus chargers – that allows us to speed up the transition to zero emissions. We can use them at an operator depot, as well, enabling grid use outside peak periods, when energy is less expensive.
Once the batteries have finally reached around 10 percent of their capacity we recycle them, closing the loop.
Our low-cost fuel sourcing allows us to provide low-cost renewable energy to power operators’ bus and truck networks. Some customer energy prices have been reduced by 50% with our wholesale energy and renewable solutions.
Our flexible solutions allow operators to embrace hydrogen right now or become what we call ‘hydrogen ready’ – this gives them the ability to upgrade existing infrastructure when and where it’s required.
What do we mean by ‘flexible’? Our infrastructure models don’t lock operators in to a long-term fixed solution. That means, for example, they can move from electric-hydrogen hybrids to pure hydrogen; they can choose hydrogen on-site or at a nearby service station; they can choose the storage pressures, refilling times and energy sources for hydrogen that suit them best.
Although there are many possible solutions, we keep the delivery itself extremely simple. It works like a gas bottle replacement program at a petrol station. Our hydrogen bottles include 10-foot, 20-foot or 40-foot container options. They also come with portable dispensing options, making on- or off-site refilling easy.
Because the price of hydrogen is decreasing rapidly, operators can expect long-term fuel price certainty. We are also working with our partners to reduce fuel costs, and we can include wholesale and capped fuel price options in our packages.
Vehicle funding solutions
To make it easier to get fleets electrified, we offer end-to-end solutions including charging infrastructure, batteries and vehicle leasing, as well as hydrogen upgrades.