Volvo Plug-in hybrid bus

Volvo Plug-in hybrid bus

Volvo Buses announced a global partnership agreement with ABB for DC fast-charging solutions for electric-hybrid and full-electric buses.

The goal is to create a city-wide standardized charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses that can charge buses quickly through an automatic roof-top connection system at bus stops.

"The partnership is focused squarely on standardization of automatic e-bus fast charging, including the communications protocol between the infrastructure charging solution and e-bus, the electrical interface and specifications for the rooftop automatic connection system (ACS)."

Charging solution will be based on CCS (EN61851-23) protocol to enable maximum re-use of existing e-mobility technologies, but at higher power levels.

"An electric-bus charging standard will be largely based on the recently adopted global DC fast charging standards for passenger cars, guaranteeing safety and helping stimulate investment, long-term commitment and increased adoption of clean mobility."

Pekka Tiitinen, head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division commented:

“We are very pleased to partner with a global transportation industry leader that shares our vision of e-mobility in line with ABB’s commitment of power and productivity for a better world. Urbanization is at a historic high and is stretching transport infrastructure of cities around the world. Our collaboration will help support sustainable and cost-efficient transportation solutions to meet rising commuter demand.”

Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses stated:

“We are delighted to enter into partnership with ABB. Together, we have a complete and competitive offer to cities around the world that want to switch to a sustainable public transport system. Electric hybrid buses and full-electric buses are tomorrow’s solution for urban public transport.”

The first joint project with 12 buses is planned for 2015 in Luxembourg.

"The first joint project will be the implementation of Volvo Electric Hybrids and ABB’s automatic e-bus chargers in the Luxembourg public transport system, where as many as 12 Volvo Electric Hybrid buses operated by Sales-Lentz will be running on existing lines by 2015."

"The project is integrated into Luxembourg’s Mobility Network linking different mobility projects in the western European country to exploit synergies and develop common visions for the mobility of the future."

But before this begins, Volvo announced that at the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany, in September it will present its new Electric Hybrid bus.

Separately, in 2015 under the ElectriCity project in Gothenburg, Sweden's first all-electric Volvo buses will be launched.

Facts Volvo’s electric hybrid bus

  •  The bus is equipped with an electric motor that is powered by lithium batteries. It also has a small diesel engine.
  •  The bus is charged quickly at charging stations via an overhead power connection.
  •  The bus can be driven about seven kilometres on electricity alone, covering the distance silently and entirely without exhaust emissions.
  •  Enables  indoor bus stops
  •  75% fuel saving
  •  60% energy reduction
  •  75% CO2 reduction
  •  Recharging 6 minutes at end stations
Facts Volvo’s full electric bus    Electrical drive 100 % of  the route, silent and emission-free
  •     Enables  indoor bus stops
  •     80 % energy reduction
  •     No local exhaust emissions
  •     99 % CO2 reduction
  •     Recharging 6 min at end stations
Facts ABB off-board automatic e-bus fast chargers
  •  Standards-based charger using the proven and safe CCS (EN61851-23) protocol
  •  On-route and depot charging solutions
  •  Flexibility in connecting to different electricity-grid situations
  •  Remote management and service solutions together with high quality hardware provides industry leading uptime
  •  ABB connected services offer flexibility to connect to added-value systems, easy upgrading & cost efficiency
  •  Configurations with several power levels up to 300 kW are available depending on the bus and location
  •  Includes an Automatic Connection System to seamlessly connect to the roof of the Volvo bus without the need for driver intervention