Opbrid Debuts Trůkbaar Ultra High Power Automatic Charging Station for Trucks

SEP 24 2014 BY MARK KANE 11

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At the upcoming 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles (25. September – 02. October 2014) in Hannover, Germany, Opbrid will present a new way to charge electric trucks – the Trůkbaar.

This is an automatic fast charging system compatible with the standards-based Opbrid Bůsbaar V3 for buses.

In this concept, the pantograph lowers from the curbside station and has 4 contacts to safely provide 650 kW of power (IEC61851-23/24 CCS based). Enough to quick charge in a few minutes and to eliminate the need for a large battery pack.

Opbrid Trůkbaar and Bůsbaar V3 will be on display at the IAA 2014 in Hall 13, Stand F12.

“The Opbrid Trůkbaar and Bůsbaar V3 are designed for ultra high power mode 4 DC charging, up to 650kW. This amount of power transfer uses safe and reliable conductive technology transferred from the European electric rail industry by our partner Furrer+Frey, with over 90 years of experience in high power transfer to locomotives. This amount of power transfer enables scenarios such as super short charge stops and 24 hour operation. Since the Opbrid Trůkbaar and Bůsbaar are 100% compatible, cities can leverage their investment in bus chargers by also using them for rubbish collection, delivery vehicles and street cleaners. Vehicles of various heights can charge at the same station due to the large vertical working range of the charging station.”

“The new design of the Opbrid Trůkbaar and Bůsbaar V3 also liberates designers to create curbside charging stations that blend into existing streetscapes, or that stand out as elegantly sculptured street furniture. This is because the overhead pantograph is compact and hidden underneath a weatherproof cover. This means that the mounting post as well as the weatherproof cover can be almost any shape imaginable, giving designers unlimited freedom.”

“Of course, safety is our utmost concern, so the Opbrid Trůkbaar and Bůsbaar V3 have been designed to conform to IEC and ISO standards for high power DC charging, with 4 contacts, correct contact sequence, and built-in verification of contact surface before charging. The parking tolerance is quite broad and reliable due to our years of experience making bus fast charging stations. An optional insulating cover for the on-vehicle part is available to add an additional layer of safety. The station retracts upward to over 4.5 meters when not charging to fulfill traffic regulations.”

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11 Comments on "Opbrid Debuts Trůkbaar Ultra High Power Automatic Charging Station for Trucks"

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650kW.. Holy #%%!

These things keep coming out as the next perfunctory ‘Big Deal’. But then who is selling battery-electric vehicles in the real world? Namely BYD, having a contract to supply 2000 initially in their home country alone. And they recharge over an 8 hour period over midnight, when utilities want to utilize their baseload anyway.


I hit the wrong button to link above.

The problem with catenary overhead systems is that they are an eyesore and they are as old as the hills, having used 100 years ago in the early 1900’s for city streetcars.

I don’t see any new technology here on the part of Siemens.

Now if Siemens starts talking about inductive or electro-magnetic recharging buried under the streets and highways, then that’s really interesting.

Inductive charging is a real step forward.

But, Siemens wants us to return to early 1900s streetcar technology, while pawning it off as “the next big thing”..

This pantograph is charging a battery instead of giving to a permanent live connection with the motor; a small but very important difference.

There was a link above, but it disappeared, to a Siemens pantograph system near the Long Beach port.

Eyesore? As opposed to all the buildings, the road and street lighting?

It’s an automated fast charging station reusing a pantographic design used for trains.

650 Kw

all right

It can very well work for heavy duty vehicles or busses on busy routes, go Opbrid or else sb to give money for a serious pilot!

ABB has an overhead charging system designed for their proposed Tosa city bus lines. It can theoretically deliver up to 400kw versus the 650kw of the Oprid charger.

ABB and Oprid Co. are both overhead recharging.

Siemens is busy building an overhead catenary system with all the overhead wires just like the old fashioned trolly cars used. This line is going to run from the port of Long Beach to the Port of Los Angeles about 5 miles.

Rather than building all these overhead charging units or catenary systems like these companies are proposing, why not just use inductive chargers buried under the pavement or even better yet do like BYD and just design a bus that can run an assigned route all day and then recharge at night.


Because the interport catenary system will be for freight and freight is heavy. Buses are easy by comparison.

What we are finding is that there is not a single solution to truck electrification. The Trukbaar provides a simple, safe, and cost effective way to fast charge an electric truck with the minimum amount of infrastructure. There are some easy targets, such as refuse trucks, delivery trucks with fixed routes and port trucks that run a fixed route, or return to a certain place time after time. Electrifying long haul trucks is difficult at this time, the Siemens E-Highway system could be the best bet for this, especially if only short “charging” sections are constructed every 10-20km or so. We are trying to see if it is possible to charge enough with the Trukbaar during the mandatory driver break times, but so far the amount of batteries seems prohibitive. Any suggestions are welcome!