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Munich/ Zurich, 10. March 2021

  • Österreichische Post AG, the Austrian postal service, is taking major steps forward in the electrification of its fleet.
  • Over 2,400 AC and DC charging points are being installed at more than 130 sites.
  • To minimize the grid connection costs and charge all vehicles intelligently, the hardware-agnostic Charging and Energy Management system ChargePilot by the technology company The Mobility House has been chosen.

With the largest electric fleet in the country, Österreichische Post is showing a strong commitment to electric mobility. By 2030, the postal company aims to achieve an emission-free last-mile delivery. For this to become reality, the ideal charging conditions are to be set up and expanded at the logistics sites to supply the constantly growing electric fleet with sufficient power. In the company’s search for a dynamic load management with potential for the future, the hardware-agnostic Charging and Energy Management system ChargePilot by the leading technology company The Mobility House successfully outdid the competition in the tendering process. In the future, Charge Pilot will intelligently control over 2,000 AC and DC charging points in all the Post’s charging parks.

At present, the electric vehicles of Österreichische Post are already able to service roughly 80% of the delivery areas in all of Austria. ChargePilot by The Mobility House is used to ensure that all vehicles are fully charged at all sites in the mornings, without the available grid connection being overloaded. The system does this by optimizing the phase-accurate charging power. In real time, the charging of the electric vehicles is thus either scheduled in sequential phases or throttled. ChargePilot also takes into consideration all other power consumers at each particular site. This means that not only the ongoing operating costs are kept low, but also an expensive grid expansion is avoided. Furthermore, the system allows prioritized charging for certain vehicles, so that the required range can be guaranteed for individual transporters, for example. The system ultimately also increases operational reliability, as future potential failures can be detected immediately.

“Österreichische Post has been committed to electric delivery vehicles in day-to-day delivery operations since 2011. Since then, battery power has proven to be optimal for us. It is therefore our aim to further build on this pioneering role and to achieve emission-free last-mile deliveries by 2030 at the latest. This calls for a technically up-to-date and scalable load management system. We have found this in ChargePilot and look forward to a further expansion of our electric fleet,” explains Paul Janacek, Head of Corporate Fleet at Österreichische Post AG.

At some Post sites, ChargePilot will control charging parks with up to 70 charging points. “For such large systems, which are made up of both AC and DC charging stations from various hardware manufacturers, it is important to have a system that is compatible with all these components. An open interface architecture is thus a vital foundation for meeting the numerous requirements and making a flexible expansion possible,” affirms Sebastian Karrer, Head of Key Account at The Mobility House.

ChargePilot is already used on a daily basis by over 300 international companies from a wide range of industries, including several leading European postal and logistics service providers.