Try this solar canopy-mounted electrical bus charger from AMPLY Energy, Duke Vitality


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Since public transport fleets evaluate bus electrification in order to achieve zero-emission targets, costly and long construction times can hinder their use. To meet this need, AMPLY Power is partnering with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions to expand its fleet electrification offering, including the first commercially available combination of solar canopy and overhead charging solution for electric vehicles covered by a PPA leasing and financing model . The tried and tested solution made possible by the patent-pending PIDE canopy bracket (Pantograph In-Depot Equipment) enables fleets to reduce the costs of charging electric vehicles while using renewable electricity.

“Solar PPA and managed charging can help fleet operators double the cost savings that electric vehicles already offer compared to diesel. Solar power generation is usually an afterthought and we developed this unique solution after seeing transit agencies grappling with the cost of developing an overhead charging system, ”said Vic Shao, CEO of AMPLY Power. “In contrast to diesel prices, the price of electricity can fluctuate greatly during the day, sometimes by up to 400%. This makes it impossible to time the market and potentially eliminate the electric vehicle savings. By combining overhead charges with a fixed rate of electricity, we help fleets keep their budgets predictable and reduce the risk of high rates. “

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Once built and installed in a depot, AMPLY Power and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will manage the solar charging and maintenance operations through a PPA, a common financing model for the commercial solar industry. The solar and charging contracts have a term of 20 to 25 years and offer a fixed electricity price without prior investments.

“Our collaboration with AMPLY goes beyond solar carports with overhead chargers,” said Dan Alcombright, managing director, growth implementation for Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We strive to help fleets achieve their emission-free goals while at the same time integrating more reliability into their operations and reducing their energy costs for charging.”

The full range of services offered by the partners includes all aspects of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and solar carports as well as AMPLY’s Charging-as-a-Service support model. AMPLY simplifies the transition to electric vehicles for fleets by taking end-to-end responsibility for all vehicle charging requirements, from cloud-based system design to installing local site controls. The company’s proprietary OMEGA back-end software and operating methods enable fleets to reduce utility costs by optimizing EV charging and other energy use in public and private depots. This process maximizes the existing electrical capacity to avoid costly upgrades of utility services whenever possible.

Teichert is the designer of the PIDE roof bracket and the solar carports. Customer-specific canopies complement a variety of park configurations within a depot and across multiple locations. This maximizes the available parking space while minimizing the impact on site functionality.

The PIDE-enabled system was tested on site during a demonstration in Lancaster, Calif., In March this year. A BYD K9 transit bus equipped with overhead charging and a DC fast charger SLS 301 from Schunk Transit Systems SLS 301 were used in the demonstration.

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