Modular solution offers portable, semi-permanent charging infrastructure with half the cost and in half the time of traditional charging infrastructure
[Mountain View, Calif., November 5, 2021] — To offer enhanced flexibility for its customers’ fleet charging operations, AMPLY Power is announcing INRUSH, an innovative containerized infrastructure system for EV charging. The first deployment of this customer-ready solution is occurring with AMPLY’s long-standing customer, the Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN). Through this agreement, AMPLY will design, construct and operate a charging facility leveraging INRUSH charging capsules and AMPLY’s OMEGA Charge Management System to support ATN’s entire electric fleet of 46 transit buses for two years.
“INRUSH is the first ready-to-deploy solution in the industry that leverages the flexibility and affordability of modular container infrastructure,” said Vic Shao, Co-Founder and CEO of AMPLY Power. “This offering significantly reduces the time and resources required to get fleet charging facilities up and running, a key barrier to EV adoption.”
The INRUSH solution provides superior cost-effectiveness and flexibility over traditional fixed charging infrastructure. The containerized charging capsule allows customers to utilize semi-permanent, portable charging to account for unpredictable changes in operations, offering fleet operators the ability to charge electric vehicles from any location. The electrical switchgear needed for charging is located inside of an upcycled shipping container, which is pre-built offsite to streamline deployment.
Portable charging is an ideal solution for operators who are unable to install permanent infrastructure on a site, whether because of lease agreements, ongoing site transformation, or other reasons. When containers are removed, site restoration is minimal because most of the equipment is located within the container. Design, procurement and installation costs for the container solution are expected to be roughly 50% less expensive than traditional infrastructure. The setup process takes about six months from start to finish—50% less time than with traditional infrastructure.
“INRUSH was developed specifically to meet the needs of fleets with aggressive EV deployment goals or need interim charging infrastructure while planning for their permanent infrastructure, which is exactly what Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) needed,” continued Shao. “We are grateful for the continued trust and partnership from ATN as we pioneer the next generation of fleet charging solutions together.”
AMPLY Power worked closely with ATN and other relevant stakeholders to develop a solution tailored for the project’s unique requirements. To provide charging capabilities in an accelerated timeline while ATN’s permanent all-electric facility is being planned, AMPLY led efforts to identify a site to temporarily serve ATN’s fleet of 35’, 40’, and 60’ buses. Disney’s Toy Story parking lot, which services Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, was chosen as the ultimate destination for the INRUSH solution.
“As we continue building out our long-term infrastructure for our fleet of battery electric buses (BEBs), we’re excited to take advantage of AMPLY Power’s portable, containerized charging solution to meet our current need for flexibility,” said Diana Kotler, Executive Director of Anaheim Transportation Network. “This will allow us to continue operating our dozens of BEBs without any interruption in service, while maintaining our commitment to be the state’s first all-electric bus fleet.”
ATN’s charging facility will include two INRUSH shipping containers, each equipped with five chargers capable of charging 10 buses simultaneously, including two 200kW chargers for more power-intensive 60’ buses. As part of its Charging-as-a-Service agreement with ATN, the facility will be fully supported by AMPLY’s OMEGA Charge Management System (CMS) and technical support services. OMEGA integrates third-party systems that manage routes, maintenance, and scheduling to guarantee 99.99 EV fleet uptime, monitored in real-time through AMPLY’s Command Center dashboard.
The launch of INRUSH is the latest milestone in AMPLY Power’s collaborations with ATN and other public transportation agencies in California to further the state’s fleet decarbonization objectives. In 2020, ATN chose AMPLY Power to manage all aspects of charging for the electric buses servicing the city of Anaheim and surrounding communities, signing a 20-year contract for the management of ATN’s charging operations. This includes system design, installation, equipment purchase, operations, and maintenance for a fixed price per kWh consumed, following the Power Purchase Agreement model that was popularized by the solar industry. In February 2021, ATN was awarded a $5 million grant by the California Energy Commission to purchase, install, and integrate a microgrid and solar charging infrastructure, which AMPLY is supporting as well.
About AMPLY Power
AMPLY Power is a comprehensive electric vehicle charging and energy management provider for fleets operating trucks, buses, vans and light-duty vehicles. Our intelligent charge management software, OMEGA™, optimizes charging for lowest cost energy, while offering improved resilience and reliability, all in a user-friendly dashboard. Paired with our Charging-as-a-Service model, our vehicle and charger agnostic approach allows us to handle all the details of charging a fleet’s EVs, guaranteeing performance and dramatically reducing upfront capital. To learn more about AMPLY, please visit www.amplypower.com or LinkedIn and follow @AMPLYpower on Twitter.
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