HoLa - High performance charging for long-haul trucking

Construction, operation and accompanying research for the first megawatt charging systems for trucks in Germany

Battery-electric trucks are locally CO2-free and all major manufacturers have announced series production models for the coming years. However, the transport profiles in long-distance operation with heavy trucks pose special challenges with regard to charging systems, energy supply and locations in order to be able to charge battery-electric trucks sufficiently quickly within the statutory break times of 45 minutes between two trips.

In the present project, two high-performance charging points with the so-called Megawatt Charging Systems (MCS) will be set up, operated and used in real logistics operations at each of four locations. In a first step, two CCS charging points for trucks will be planned and built at each of the four locations along the A2 between Berlin and the Ruhr region, making maximum use of the specification limits. Two locations directly at the motorway will be used, as well as two locations in logistics hubs. These locations will be used for the early integration of electric trucks into logistics processes and as a test case for the novel fast charging of electric trucks as well as the collection of real usage experiences. At the end of the project, eight CCS charging points and eight MCS charging points will be available at four locations to support the real-life testing of this new system and form the basis for a nationwide expansion of this technology. Four truck manufacturers are participating in the project and will supply a total of eight CCS and four MCS vehicles, operate them with the help of other partners and charge them along the route. The construction and operation of vehicles and infrastructure is accompanied by extensive research activities. The goal here is also to provide the blueprint for a nationwide expansion.


01.09.2021 -  31.12.2024


  • Supported by: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • Coordinated by: NOW-GmbH
  • Project Management Jülich


The project comprises 13 consortium partners and 8 associated partners consisting of industrial companies and research institutes. Fraunhofer ISI is the consortium leader and P3 Automotive GmbH is the project manager as consortium partner. Further partners are EnBW mobility+ as operator of the charging locations and the charging infrastructure providers ABB, Heliox and Siemens, who will provide the charging infrastructure at the locations. Daimler Truck, TRATON, MAN, Scania and Volvo are responsible for providing and operating the vehicles. In addition to Fraunhofer ISI, the demonstration will be accompanied by Fraunhofer IAO, the University of Stuttgart, Bauhaus University Weimar, and the Technical Universities of Berlin and Dortmund in order to gain, process, and transfer sufficient knowledge so that the basis can be laid for the Germany-wide rollout and adequate standardization. The associated partners are e.Dis Netz GmbH for the grid connection of the sites, Ionity for the integration into existing sites, Meyer & Meyer will use some of the trucks in practice, two of the sites will be set up at Tank & Rast rest areas, Netze-BW AG will accompany the grid connection and the German Association of the Automotive Industry VDA will act as patron.