Hanergy Glory Solar Technology, a subsidiary of the thin-film giant, has delivered the latest solar powered electric express delivery cars – the Solar Runner #1 – to Chinese delivery companies STO Express and ZJS Express, to mark world post day earlier this month.
Installed with 320 W of thin-film modules, and a low-temperature resistant lithium battery compatible with thin-film solar, Solar Runner #1 can increase the efficiency of delivery companies by saving on centralized charging, extending mileage by 50% and charging the battery with solar even in cold weather. Supplemented with a solar powered battery replacement service, the company offers a 100% green and economical “charge never” solution for delivery companies.
The express delivery cars were assembled by Hanergy with Hebei Nachi New Energy Automotive Technology, and can easily operate without charging for three weeks or longer, depending on the level of sunshine and number of daily working hours.
It is not the first time Hanergy's thin film power technology has been brought to use in courier service cars as it was also applied by Hanergy Glory to a delivery companies including SF Express and JD Logistics’ express delivery cars.
The development and research center of China’s State Post Bureau took note of Hanergy’s efforts towards making express delivery companies more efficient and environmentally friendly on the company’s website.
Enhanced safety features
Lu Tao, CEO of Hanergy Glory Solar Technology said: “We’re on a mission to improve China's express delivery industry by bringing to an effective use our advanced thin film power technology. We’re committed to [designing] innovative solar express delivery car [solutions] that [are] cordless charging via solar power. We hope our contribution is directed towards creating a true green express delivery industry. In the future, we hope to bring more mobile energy solutions to various industries.”
In China, the final 3km of deliveries are finished with cars usually powered by electricity. Traditional express delivery cars face several problems, including low battery capacity, centralized charging and the dangers caused by stacking goods on top; leading to poor endurance, safety risks during recharging and severe transportation risks during running.
Couriers often worry about refueling or recharging, which limits express delivery quantities and reduces courier break times, affecting couriers' working efficiency and income. Winters also affect the performance of traditional batteries, further reducing distribution efficiency.
The new Hanergy express delivery cars offer a daily range of up to 100km – almost twice the usual figure.
In addition to great improvement of the endurance, the new cars have also been significantly upgraded in terms of intelligence. The most important addition is a rear surveillance camera, to reduce the chance of accidents. The cars can also acquire big data from the internet, and battery status, power generation condition, route lines and distance can be shown clearly.
The vehicle can also easily connect to a customer's mobile phone, and comes equipped with an intelligent anti-theft function.
In the design of the body, the container of the express delivery car not only expands the volume to the maximum permitted legally, it also adopts a tri-fold door to facilitate the loading and unloading of goods.
The car is also equipped with a “fire ice” extinguisher designed for use on a Chinese aircraft carrier, so any impact can be minimized in the event of an accident.