ABB has installed two fast chargers at Luxembourg City’s central station, to support 5 Volvo plug-in hybrid buses. Each vehicle will be charged with 150 kW of power in three to six minutes, during the turnaround times at the end point of the bus route.
The new fast chargers are connected to the cloud for remote diagnostics and management, and can receive over-the-air software upgrades. They are based on OppCharge, an open interface that supports charging of e-buses from any manufacturer. ABB’s chargers and substations feature a modular design, so charging power can be increased to 300 kW or 450 kW to accommodate future needs.
Luxembourg City has set a goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020.
“This is a growing market and we expect to see more commissions for our fast chargers in future,” said Urs Waelchli, Product Group Manager for EV Charging at ABB. “These installations are required to be functional for many years, so it’s important to consider their longevity and ensure they are future-proof. ABB’s fast chargers’ modular design allows charging power upgrades, they are cloud-connected for software updates, and we closely follow the global standardization initiatives around electric hybrid and full electric buses.”