As sales of electric vehicles grow, so do the requirements for robust shipping containers Spelsberg


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As the demand for e-mobility increases year-on-year, a counterparty is being placed on the supporting infrastructure, primarily the shipping point. Protecting shipping points from bad weather or impact damage is vital to maintaining safe and reliable shipping, which puts packaging first. Chris Lloyd, Managing Director, Spelsberg explains the key drivers behind the design of the e-mobility enclosure. In 2020, more than 10% of all vehicle registrations in the UK consisted of electric vehicles (EV). The pace of electric vehicle sales is not a bit surprising and is set to increase; One reason is the nearing deadline for the UK to ban the sales of combustion engine cars, which was introduced from 2040 to 2035. In terms of public transportation, the electric bus market between 2020 and 2024 is expected to grow close to 50%. The e-mobility sector is of course also joining today with e-scooters. In the Netherlands, despite its strong history of participating in cycling, more than 50% of all adult bikes sold in 2018 were electric. According to a recent report, it is expected that by 2023, the number of e-scooters, including those that are privately owned and generally shared, will reach more than 300 million, an increase of 50% over 2019 figures. Growth in electric vehicles means demand for growth At shipping points. To meet demand, as of January, the UK had over 30,000 EV charging points publicly available at nearly 14,000 locations. Charging points include the electrical distribution and interface between the vehicle and the power grid, which is as critical to an electric vehicle as its battery. To achieve safe and reliable charging under any circumstances, a robust enclosure should protect the electrical distribution unit while ensuring safe operation for users and the wider electrical circuit. Working with leading automobile manufacturers, Spelsberg has developed custom containers to ensure safe, secure and easy-to-use vehicle shipping, from domestic applications to semi-public installations, such as parking lots. Each project has unique specifications based on the design of the power supply distribution circuit and its components, all of which meet the required standards, including VDE and UL. Designed for e-mobility shipping Spelsberg containers are engineered to fit the required dimensions of the site, which can range from a parking lot cargo pole to a distribution board for a garage or car port. The consideration of the installation location and the number of charging points are also combined with the climatic conditions, which may require complete resistance to heavy rain, snow and freezing temperatures, through high temperatures and even fire protection. Spelsberg has been presented with a very diverse range of charging point requirements for electric vehicles from all over the world, and as a result, we have designed, manufactured, tested and assembled a wide range of packaging to meet these needs. For example, the AK E-Mobility Enclosure is ideal for replacing or expanding an existing distribution unit for the safe protection of electric vehicle charging points, usually found in a local garage or car outlet. This eliminates the time required to redesign the current distribution system and provides short downtime. Safety is an important aspect and the AK E-mobility distribution enclosure is ready to be fitted with an integrated end current circuit, protected by an integrated residual current circuit breaker and a separate miniature circuit breaker, in accordance with IEC 60364-7-722. The integrated ventilation design also avoids condensation inside the case, which could damage the electricity. To safely house and protect an EV charging point power source, GTi low voltage switchgear enclosures can be prefabricated and combined with short shutdown times. The sturdy polycarbonate design protects against UV rays and harsh weather conditions and secures dust ingress without corrosion. They are easy to install which means a simple and safe extension of the existing switchgear. Despite their small size, e-bike chargers are generally intended for home use as they are assumed to be less exposed to heavy use or bad weather. However, there is an increasing demand for general and commercial e-bike charging points. The BCS 2.0 e-bike charging station is based on Spelsberg’s GEOS industrial case, designed for outdoor use to provide protection in any weather. Capable of safely accommodating e-bike charging circuits and components, BCS 2.0 also includes an LED display and with WLAN connectivity, the web portal provides a range of analyzes for ease of use, diagnostics and maintenance information. E-bike riders can also download an app to quickly locate their nearest bike charging station. As the growth rate of the electric vehicle continues to increase, so does the dependence on charging points. Safe and secure protection of electrical distribution and components at the charging point is critical to supporting the growth of electric vehicles. Wherever the installation location is, Spelsberg provides a custom container. See Spelsberg’s collection of E-Bike charging stations here.


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