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 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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