MERCEDES-BENZ ELECTRIC CHARGING STATION AT MANNHEIM BUS PLANT
Daimler Buses has equipped its Mannheim bus plant with a central charging station for the fully-electric eCitaro. It offers the eCitaro that leaves the factory and is ready for the hand over the possibility to be fully charged. It has a flexible and modular infrastructure concept for the relevant charging solutions: cable, pantograph and charging rail.
The charging station is as Mercedes-Benz states compatible with all common charging technologies: 150 kW cable-bound charging, 300 kW rapid charging using a pantograph on the bus roof and 300 kW rapid charging using an inverted pantograph. The charging station consists of four parking bays. It can handle the different charging systems of two manufacturers. Using them, buses can be charged with an output of 150 kW. The system, delivered by the Dutch company Heliox, has a modular design to ensure that it can be expanded as required.
The electric charging station is located directly behind the vehicle handover hall and thus has a strategically interesting location. It is built in a space-saving way to resemble a bridge. The city buses drive straight under the charging station and park right there for charging. The total connection power at the charging station is 1.2 megawatts. The corresponding cables are roughly as thick as a human arm and run in an extendible cable channel in the ground.
There were several reasons which led to the decision to set up the central electric charging station within the plant's premises. At the charging station, the focus is on testing both charging via the roof and the vehicle's own technology.