Amazon has developed a tool called CHALET (for Charging Location for Electric Trucks), a technology capable of identifying priority locations for charging infrastructure in Europe. Governments and private sector players will be able to use it to accelerate decarbonization in the transport sector.
According to the American giant, the CHALET tool “ leverages Amazon’s scientific and technical expertise to identify priority locations for charging infrastructure “. The idea is to support governments, electricity network operators and local authorities to “ determine where the charging points » must be deployed as a priority. A major challenge to reduce gas emissions. A tool which should make it possible to “ help accelerate the pace of decarbonization in Europe » according to Amazon.
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The system was designed to make the daily lives of transport and logistics professionals easier. Electric trucks will soon be more and more numerous on our roads. Example, sales of Volvo Trucks are taking off. CHALET is able to determine the best locations to install charging stations. The system was developed as a social network. Users of the tool are asked to notify locations where they would like to be able to find charging stations.
According to Amazon, “ the more people who enter their requirements into the tool, the better the map will reflect the needs of the industry “. Developed internally in 18 months, CHALET is now open to everyone. First major player to use the tool: the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance (SFBA), which brings together freight players. Within the European Union, the transport sector represents 22% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Electrification is an opportunity to reduce these emissions.
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However, to date the public electric charging infrastructure is not sufficient. According to Rik Arends, director of the SFBA, “ To accelerate the adoption of electric trucks, tools such as CHALET are crucial to successfully decarbonizing our industry. We are asking industry to contribute to the tool in order to map industry needs. Identifying where to install charging infrastructure will play a key role in reducing emissions ».
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