19 Oct 2016

VOLVO AND ABB DEVELOP CHARGING STATION BASED ON OPPCHARGE

Volvo Buses and ABB have inaugurated a charging station for electric buses based on the open OppCharge interface. With OppCharge, electrified buses and charging stations from different manufacturers can be used together. The aim is to facilitate the introduction of electric bus systems in cities the world over. This is ABB’s first charging station for electric buses in Sweden.

It is installed outside Volvo’s electric bus terminal in Arendal, Gothenburg and is a joint reference project between ABB and Volvo Buses. The aim of this cooperative venture is to cooperate on the development and commercialisation of electric buses and electric hybrid buses equipped with systems for DC opportunity charging using open standards. Demonstrations of buses and charging stations both as products and systems offer a clear picture of what installation at the customer’s premises looks like.

With the new charging station, Volvo is demonstrating that the company’s electric buses are compatible with chargers from several different manufacturers. The buses operating on route 55 are now charged using systems delivered by ABB and Siemens.

Last spring, Volvo along with several other bus and infrastructure manufacturers took the initiative to create an open, standardised interface between charging equipment and vehicles. Volvo Buses has delivered till now more than 2800 electric hybrids and electric buses to 21 countries the world over.

OppCharge is an open interface between the charging equipment and vehicle, offering a 150 kW and 300 kW charge.  All moving parts integrated into the charging pylon. A 3-6 minute charge is sufficient for 30 minutes of driving. Conductive static charge tages place via a pantograph with communication between bus and charging station via WiFi. The bus has roof-mounted contact rails that can handle all weather conditions from -25 C to +45 C.



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