ABB Hints At Big EV Bus Project – 35 Vehicles, 8 450 kW Chargers

MAR 17 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

Trondheim is gearing up for the Norway’s biggest electric bus project with 35 fully electric buses and fast charging infrastructure for four electrified routes.

ABB Heavy Vehicle Charger (HVC)

ABB is the supplier for eight 450 kW Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVCs), while buses will come from two manufacturers:

  • 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses
  • 10 Heuliez GX 437 buses

Buses will fast charge on the OppCharge (open standard) stations for 3-6 minutes.

Deliveries are scheduled for 2019 and who knows, maybe it will start another chapter in Norwegian electrification.

“ABB is set to supply eight Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVCs) to Trøndelag County Council to power a fleet of 35 fully electric vehicles in one of Europe’s largest electric bus schemes. The project is one of the first projects where fully electric buses of two different bus brands will run a large scale commercial operation using the same charging infrastructure.

Demonstrating the need for interoperability and the strength of open interfaces, ABB’s HVC 450P chargers, will charge 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses and 10 Heuliez GX 437 buses. All buses are fully electric and operated by Tide Buss in the city of Trondheim, Norway on behalf of Trøndelag County Council.

ABB’s powerful charger, HVC 450P provides 450 kW DC output power and can recharge a battery in three to six minutes. The chargers are compatible with OppCharge, an interoperable and open interface for DC electric bus charging that uses a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure. The contract is for a ten year period and will include connected services like remote management to ensure high uptime during operation through ABB Ability™.”

Read Also: Shenzhen Now Home To 16,000 Electric Buses

Volvo Bus at ABB HVC

“ABB opportunity chargers offer charging at the end of a bus route during layover time. The chargers will be installed at the endpoints of four bus routes that are being electrified, including some more remote locations served by the Trondheim bus route.”

“Part of the ABB Ability™ portfolio of connected solutions, the chargers also allow for greater visibility and control of infrastructure networks, minimizing downtime and increasing efficiency. ABB Ability™ delivers web-enabled connectivity that allows network operators to perform several functions, including the remote monitoring and configuration of charge points, the resolution of driver issues, the servicing of equipment with minimal downtime and the flexibility to connect to any charging network, back-office or energy management solution.”

“The new fully electric buses will be entirely emission-free and will run on four routes in Trondheim, covering distances of between 12 and 15 km each. The HVC 450P chargers will be delivered in February 2019 with operations due to start in August.”

Per Olav Hopsø, head of Transport Committee, from Trøndelag County Council said:

“Working with ABB has enabled us to deliver a high quality and reliable solution which allows operators from different networks to work simultaneously and share infrastructure. This not only provides good economies of scale and return on investment, but continues to support our forward thinking approach in delivering first-rate modern infrastructure for our region. With the help of innovative companies such as ABB, public transport within the city of Trondheim will be fossil free by 2019.”

Commenting on the initiative, Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, said:

“At 35 vehicles, Trondheim will have the largest electric bus fleet in Norway and we are proud to have been chosen as a strategic partner.

“This scheme is a great example of how ABB’s commitment to developing open technology means our products can support large scale, multi-supplier projects without the need for additional investment in infrastructure.”

Frank concludes:“We are working hard to build a smarter and greener network and believe that EV technology is the key to driving-up efficient transport systems across Europe and beyond. We are proud to be working with Tide Buss to deliver a stronger EV infrastructure for the future of Trondheim.”

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Hybrid Buses or top up EV buses offer immense savings in running costs. Do not understand why all buses are simply not hybrids or partial hybrids as the savings over the buses operational life are dramatic. Never mind the cleaner air & smoother ride for passengers.

One would think so. Big and heavy vehicles doing nothing but stop-start driving, most of it at low speeds, use lots of fuel AND have the greatest percentage fuel savings since there’s so much regen opportunity.

But according to Ruter in Oslo their running costs would nearly triple if they switched to electric buses today. They say neither the buses nor the systems are mature yet, and therefore enter shorter-term leases instead so they can make the switch when it makes sense. (But it’s not like they run on fossil diesel! Oslo’s buses have long run on propane, LNG, and biodiesel. The tram and subway move more people in the center and that of course runs on electricity from hydropower.)

Trondheim, although much smaller, is Norway’s tech capital. It has no tram or subway, so buses handle all the public transport. It’ll be interesting to see how this project goes.

Biodiesel is just as bad as “regular” diesel fuel when it comes to NOx. Biodiesel is a hoax.

No, a good biodiesel like HVO100 cuts NOx, particles, hydrocarbons, SOx and carbon monoxide. It burns a lot cleaner than regular diesel.

It can also cut carbon dioxide by up to 90-95% with the right raw material.

With that said it still emits a lot of the things regular diesel does and the cuts are everything from 5-100% for the different pollutants. So it’s most definitely not a hoax but it’s also not a solution for the future.

It’s great to use in older vehicles while the new ones run on electricity.

Seattle bought a fleet of hybrid buses 13 years ago. Optimal for stop start routes that are so common in American cities. They put them on suburban express routes that runs at fairly high speed with no stops between the city center and SeaTac and other suburban areas. Then they were shocked that there was very little savings. In their favor is the fact that one of the reasons they got them is that they have to run through a tunnel with very poor ventilation and they can run on their batteries there.

Trondheim may be the leader in Norwegian electric public transport application, however now Oslo is the place to watch: probabely the most exciting electric bus test started here before Christmas.

Six e-buses – including two 18m articulated ones – are tested by three carriers for two years under Scandinavian climate conditions: the long ones on the busiest line of Norway.

More importantly these two BYD e-buses do not have pantographs, do not need OppCharge stations, both are slow charged by night at the depot.

How fresh is then your information from Ruter on premature technology and especially on triple running costs?

Is it based on the first three months of test operation?

If so, it sounds absurd for the articulated duo, as:
-there is no special infrastructure, like overhead chargers, pantographs
-the driveline does not need frequent and expensive maintenance,
-off peak night electricity cost should be cheap, down to one-eight of diesel
-the batteries charged slowly have long life time, are not to be changed for new, as
-their warranty is 10 000 cycles, with daily one charge enough for 27 years(!)

You can see how far Europe is behind China when you look at the “read also” story: “Shenzhen Now Home To 16,000 Electric Buses.”

In Trondheim they talk about 35 buses. In 2019. And the tone of the article is: this is way above other European cities.

Of course Trondheim is much smaller then Shenzhen. But even if you calculate it per inhabitant Shenzhen has 8 x more electric buses now then Trondheim will have in 2019.

Yeah, I mean I like ABB but some of their wet-dream projects look like a solution looking for a problem.

I never liked the ‘Substation at each Bus Stop’ solution; way too expensive.

Meanwhile BYD is grabbing most of the sales by (Get a Load of this =>) merely having a big enough battery in the bus to start with.

Big project? What a joke

In Holland there are already 200+ BEV busses in daily operation from Market leader VDL , and even more trollley busses. The experience is now over 10 milion BEV kilometers in daily opertion, WITH customers and passengers.

China makes an E-bus for less then €50.000 and having a lifespan of less than 150.000 km. Of course you will buy thousands of more buses when you want availablitiy for your passengers….