ABB will provide two fast-chargers for Scania electric buses in Östersund, Sweden. The chargers are based on OppCharge, an open interface for the automated charging of electric buses from any manufacturer, and use a pantograph on the infrastructure to connect the bus to the charging point.
With tests set to start in the final quarter of 2017, the two ABB HVC300P fast-chargers will charge six fully-electric Scania buses. The trials will be carried out in collaboration with public authorities, including the City of Östersund, the municipality of Krokom, the Region Jämtland Härjedalen’s Public Transport Authority, the publically owned energy supplier Jämtkraft and the Swedish Transport Administration.
The buses will be operated by Nettbuss, a subsidiary of the Norwegian State Railways, NSB, which is the second largest bus operator in the Nordic countries. The two charging stations will be built at both ends of the 14-kilometer major bus line, powering six buses. With 10-minute charging, the buses will run every 15 minutes, making 100 journeys each day. ABB’s fast-chargers are connected to the cloud for remote diagnostics and management, and receive over-the-air software upgrades to ensure maximum availability.
Östersund Kommun issued separate tenders for the buses and their charging infrastructure. This was made possible by the OppCharge interface, which is compatible with a range of bus models, including electric hybrids. Östersund was presented with the European Mobility Week Award in 2015 in recognition of the council’s work providing sustainable transport options in the city. This project with Scania and ABB will extend their work in sustainable transport.
“The introduction of battery electric buses here is really exciting,” says Project Manager Anne Sörensson from the City of Östersund. “They will contribute to our aim of achieving fossil-free transport by 2030.”
Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to win this project in Östersund and to team up with the much respected bus manufacturer Scania. A key part of our strategy is supporting open industry interfaces like OppCharge so that ABB chargers can be used by all different bus manufacturers now and in the future ensuring true interoperability. We believe this is important for cities and operators interested in electrifying their bus fleet.”
The cold climate of Östersund makes it the optimal testing ground for ABB’s fast-chargers, which are designed to be reliable in extreme environments.