Designwerk Technologies AG inaugurated its first mega charging station during the “Innovation Day by Galliker” event in Dagmersellen, Switzerland. This battery-buffered fast-charging system, the size of a standard container, is designed to charge heavy electric trucks and alleviate power grid peak loads during charging processes.

Partnering with Galliker Transport, the Swiss e-mobility specialist introduced the Stationary battery Backed Mega Charger (SBC) after a two-year development phase. The inauguration ceremony was attended by notable figures, including Council of States member Damian Müller, Swiss Museum of Transport director Martin Bütikofer, and former Auto Schweiz director Andreas Burgener. Guests from Switzerland and Germany were given an exclusive look into mega Charging for heavy commercial vehicles.

The charging solution at Galliker features four battery packs with a total capacity of 1000kWh, expandable to 2000kWh. The station is charged with self-produced solar power during the day. Felix Felder, Head of Fleet Management at Galliker Transport AG, noted that the battery-buffered station allows for efficient round-the-clock charging of electric vehicles using solar power, thus stabilising the local power grid by smoothing out peak loads. Initially, Galliker’s charging station includes two CCS charging points, each with an output of 420 kilowatts DC.

Developed with the support of the Federal Office of Energy (BFE), the Designwerk SBC container offers charging capacities up to 1.05 megawatts and supports the International Megawatt Charging System (MCS). Once standardisation is complete, MCS ports will be available for both new installations and retrofits, advancing the decarbonisation of long-distance heavy commercial vehicles.

By integrating the mega charging station into Galliker’s site network, solar power self-consumption is maximized, ensuring that electric vehicles are powered by renewable energy. The system merges solar production from multiple properties and employs an energy management system to handle load shedding, load shifting, and storage control. This demonstrates how renewable energy and charging technologies can combine to shape future transport logistics.

“The commissioning of the Mega Charger at Galliker is a major milestone in creating future-proof charging infrastructure for heavy commercial vehicles. Our technology enables logistics companies to sustainably manage a wide range of charging scenarios, with buffer storage reducing grid load,” said Thorben Maier, Head of Sales and Customer Service for Charging Technology at Designwerk Technologies.

The pilot plant’s commissioning marks the beginning of testing various strategies for grid load relief and economical operation.