Distribution centers across the globe are launching programs to gradually transition to EVs for their express-delivery services. This brings particular challenges to fleet management because delivery EVs need to be sufficiently charged by the time they leave the warehouse and for the route they are scheduled to take. This should be achieved in compliance with existing site constraints, such as power capacities.

Dealing with the complex interplay of requirements

SMATCH can be implemented to manage this important transition. The site’s complex topology is modeled into the system, making sure that the power consumption of the different areas and of the entire site never exceed available capacities. High-performance load balancing is implemented, taking into account real-time and forecast site consumption and production. The allocation of power to the different charging stations is orchestrated in accordance with a complex interplay of requirements, including the type of vehicles connected and their delivery schedule for the following day.

Ready for the future

The system is continuously finetuned as the number of EVs and charging points increase, and business needs change. Whenever additional charging points are installed or new vehicles enter the fleet, arrangements are made to reduce the grid investment cost and the overall capacity as much as possible, while taking into account site manager preferences and needs.

The system is also ready to accommodate vehicle-to-grid functionality, onsite storage integration and support future participation in energy markets.

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