ABB And Volvo Debut 450 kW OppCharge Charging Station For Buses On The Fly

4 months ago by Mark Kane 6

ABB and Volvo Buses have launched the first electric bus charging station based on the new open interface OppCharge.

OppCharge is to be the European roof fast charging standard for various bus and charger manufacturers.

 The charging station has been installed next to Volvo’s electric bus depot in Arendal, and it is a joint reference project for ABB and Volvo


The charging station has been installed next to Volvo’s electric bus depot in Arendal, and it is a joint reference project for ABB and Volvo

The ABB Heavy Vehicle Charger (HVC) is ready for outputs up to 450 kW.

“The recently inaugurated charging station has been installed next to Volvo’s electric bus depot in Arendal, and it is a joint reference project for ABB and Volvo Buses. The aim of the cooperation initiative is to jointly develop and commercialize electric buses and hybrid electric buses that are equipped with DC fast charging systems that are based on open standards.”

“The demonstration of buses and charging station as product and system gives a clear picture of what the installation looks like for the customer. Maximum utilization of existing electric vehicle technology will accelerate the rise of green and emission-free public transit in cities.”

 

Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Bus Corporation said:

“It is very gratifying to inaugurate yet another charging station based on the open interface for fast charging – OppCharge. Volvo’s electric buses and electric buses from other manufacturers can be charged here. With OppCharge, European cities can rest assured that electric buses and charging infrastructure from different manufacturers are compatible with each other and that lock-in effects can be avoided. This creates the conditions needed for an accelerated transition to electric bus systems in cities,”.

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7 responses to "ABB And Volvo Debut 450 kW OppCharge Charging Station For Buses On The Fly"

  1. Waiting says:

    What a great idea for buses!

    Imagine some day when at select traffic signals there will be wireless chargers in the pavement making it possible for EV’s to juice up while waiting for the light to change!?

    Imagine the interstate highway system having wireless chargers in the pavement for long stretches so EV’s can charge while driving down the road. If Tesla has a SC at let’s say every 150 miles, then why not put wireless chargers in the pavement of those Interstate highways for a length of maybe 5-10 miles or however long it would take to get the EV back up to an 80-100% charge.

    Wish I could be around when all that happens. For right now I’d be happy just getting my Model 3 and taking a cross country road trip.

    Just love all the innovation coming out for EV’s.

    1. Roy_h says:

      At 60mph, 10 miles will give you only 10 minutes of charge time. This would be an absurdly expensive system. Think how much it costs for a stationary charge that covers less than 3 feet, then multiply that by about 15000 for 10 miles.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Imagine the interstate highway system having wireless chargers in the pavement for long stretches so EV’s can charge while driving down the road.

      Imagine someone having to pay for installing and powering what would amount to hundreds (or thousands?) of EV chargers buried in the highways for each EV driving on them, instead of only one at home/work and, on average, less than one fast-charge station.

      No, I can’t imagine that could ever happen in the real world. I can imagine we’d run out of copper first, even if we were willing to bear the enormous expense.

  2. “OpenDC” might be the smartest move for EVs.

    One charger can have all the features of the various standards, without the clunky non-interchangeable plugs and incompatible comunication methods.

    With smart planning, an adaptor could be popped onto the OpenDC plug to handle the different plug formats.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Hear, hear!

  3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    I’ve seen this tech before but didn’t think it was Volvo. Maybe it’s a re-release with Volvo involved.

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