Swiss electronics giant ABB will supply eight of its HVC 450P charging stations to support a fleet of 35 electric buses in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. This is one of the first projects in which e-buses from two different brands will use the same charging infrastructure.
The 25 Volvo 7900 and 10 Heuliez GX 437 electric buses will be operated by Tide Buss. The ABB chargers will be delivered in February 2019, and are due to go into service in August.
ABB’s HVC 450P provides 450 kW of DC output power, and can recharge a battery in three to six minutes. The eight chargers, which will be installed at the endpoints of four bus routes, use a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure, and are compatible with OppCharge, an interoperable and open interface for DC charging.
The chargers also feature ABB Ability, a web-enabled connectivity solution that allows network operators to perform several functions, including remote monitoring and configuration of charge points, and can connect to any charging network, back-office or energy management solution.
“Working with ABB has enabled us to deliver a high-quality and reliable solution which allows operators from different networks to work simultaneously and share infrastructure,” said Per Olav Hopsø, head of the Trøndelag County Council Transport Committee. “This not only provides good economies of scale and return on investment, but continues to support our forward thinking approach in delivering first-rate modern infrastructure for our region. With the help of innovative companies such as ABB, public transport within the city of Trondheim will be fossil-free by 2019.”