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WorkTruck Expo Is This Week – Look for EV Fleet Innovations

(Rick Sander, CEO, Tuesday, March 3, 2020)

The WorkTruck Show 2020 (WTS20) kicked off this week in Indianapolis. As one might expect, a significant focus of WTS20 is reducing energy consumption and emissions. In fact, there is an entire set of programs focusing on clean energy initiatives – the Green Truck Summit. Some of its topics include “Meeting Program Sustainability Targets”, “Achieving Legacy Fleet Sustainability”, “Alt Fuels and Technology”, and “Powering Electric Drive: Batteries or Fuel Cells?”. The Green Truck Summit is sponsored by the NTEA’s Green Truck Association, whose focus includes both plug-in and fuel cell-powered electric trucks. Its amazing to see this level of interest in the truck industry for electric vehicles – ten years ago, hybrids were seen as the best answer to sustainability in short-haul and medium-haul trucks, but rapid innovation in battery technology and electric drivetrains have changed the equation.

While electrifying work trucks and other fleet vehicles such as autos, SUVs, and light trucks certainly improves sustainability and reduces emissions, that by itself does not reduce energy costs for fleet operators; it is only one part of the equation. Really reducing energy costs for EV fleets requires energy management system (EMS) software, and a charging infrastructure that can support bi-directional charging, energy storage, and integration with renewables such as photovoltaic (PV) solar power, wind power, and other resources. This is the purpose behind VectorStat®, the Rhombus Energy Solutions EMS software – it provides the overall framework to manage Rhombus chargers and the associated ecosystem of energy storage and renewable energy sources. VectorStat also provides fully distributed data capture capabilities to ensure that fleet operators completely understand their energy costs.

As a leader in the development and manufacturing of bi-directional, high-power energy systems and EMS software, Rhombus is dedicated to helping our customer capture and make sense of their energy data. Our VectorStat® product allows customers to gather data from all of the nodes of your infrastructure, regardless of connectivity or network issues. VectorStat’s applet-based open architecture also enables the easy integration of new features and functionality, whether to support new hardware or to provide cutting-edge data analytics capabilities. Find out how we can help you by contacting us at sales@rhombusenergy.com.

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