ABB launches automated fast charging system for electric buses at Busworld 2015

ABB launches automated fast charging system for electric buses at Busworld 2015

ABB is presenting at the 2015 Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium, its global fast charging solution for electric or plug-in hybrid buses.

The new automated fast charging system uses a rooftop connection and can send up to 450 kW of DC power to the vehicle (150 kW and 300 kW versions also available).

The first project with four ABB fast chargers for six Volvo's plug-in hybrid buses will be launched in Luxembourg by 2016. Volvo is also the main ABB partner in developing the system.

"With its automated rooftop connection and a typical charge time of 4-6 minutes, the system can easily be integrated in existing bus lines by installing fast chargers at end points, terminals, depots and / or intermediate stops. ABB’s fast-charging system is a practical solution built on international standards (e.g. IEC 61851-23), assuring safety, regulatory compliance and wide automotive industry support. These ingredients allow the solution to work safely in any bus line and with any electric bus with the correct rooftop interface."

"ABB’s automated fast-charging solution is based on the ‘pantograph’ - a proven mechanical concept for linking power supplies to trains, trams and buses. When a bus arrives at the charging stop, wireless communication will be established between bus and charger and a special inverted pantograph will come down automatically. When all safety checks are performed, the system will provide the bus with a powerful fast recharge."

Pekka Tiitinen, President of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division said:

“Mature and emerging markets alike are making substantial urban e-mobility investments to reduce congestion and the environmental burden of many more commuters. ABB’s Next Level growth strategy is built around opportunities in such rapidly expanding markets, supported by a strong technology and service portfolio.”

ABB automated fast charging system

ABB automated fast charging system