ABB WINS TRONDHEIM ORDER FOR CHARGERS
For Norway’s largest electric bus project they will be supplying fast chargers which suit a unique dual-manufacturer electric bus program, helping to make public transportation in Trondheim fossil-fuel-free in 2019.
The city of Trondheim, the former Viking capital of Norway, now better known today as the country’s technology capital, is making a big commitment to electric mass transportation. Local officials have agreed to deploy 35 fully electric buses, 25 from Volvo and 10 from Heuliez, operating on four routes to become the largest electric bus fleet in the country.
Both bus models will be charged by eight ABB Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVCs), in one of the first projects worldwide where fully electric buses from different manufacturers use the same charging infrastructure. The buses will be operated by Tide Buss in Trondheim on behalf of the Trøndelag County Council.
The ABB HVC 450P chargers to be used can recharge a battery in three to six minutes and can each provide 450 kW DC output power. The chargers utilize the OppCharge standard, using an overhead pantograph to connect the charger to conductive rails atop the bus. The chargers will be installed at the endpoints of four bus routes, each between 12 and 15 kilometers-long, including some remote locations. Buses will be recharged at the end of the routes during layover time. In a demonstration of the technology, ABB in the UK last September showcased an OppCharge charger working with a Volvo fully electric bus like the ones to be used in Trondheim.
The chargers, which are part of the ABB Ability™ portfolio of connected solutions, will allow operators to remotely monitor and configure charge points, and proactively maintain equipment to ensure maximum uptime.
The HVC 450P chargers will be delivered in February 2019 with operations due to start in August that year.