With the global electric bus market expected to witness a compound annual growth rate above 30 percent from 2017 to 2025, ABB is leading the way in the development of smart Heavy Vehicle Charger (HVC) charging solutions and will unveil its HVC-Opportunity Charging products at Amper 2018.
From 20-23 March, on stand No. 4.08, pavilion P at the Brno Exhibition Centre, ABB will showcase its latest solution for charging electric buses, the first time that Opportunity Charging technology has ever been available in the Czech Republic.
ABB HVC-Opportunity Charging products offer high power charging via an automated rooftop connection. With typical charge times of 3-6 minutes the system can easily be integrated in existing operations by installing chargers at endpoints, terminals and intermediate stops
This flexible and standardized platform is based on the existing CCS protocol and enables the charging of both single- and double-decker buses of any brand. Its reliable operation is enabled with minimum batteries in the vehicle resulting in reduced vehicle weight and increased transport capacity.
Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB's Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, said: "ABB has been at the forefront of developing greener solutions and has pioneered the creation of flexible and high quality electric charging systems that allow electric buses to operate efficiently.
"We are delighted to be showcasing this technology in the Czech Republic for the first time and hope this will mark a positive step toward more sustainable public transport across the country."
The HVC chargers are part of the ABB AbilityTM portfolio of digital solutions where cloud connectivity allows for remote diagnosis and management, ensuring reliable and efficient infrastructure for bus passengers. Sustainable transport solutions without any overhead lines are also highly attractive thanks to their flexibility in case of necessary maintenance or temporary retouring/detouring. This type of standardized infrastructure brings huge savings to operators, too, as an important part of infrastructure cost is born by fixed infrastructure and the cost is shared by all buses using the platform. This approach is highly sustainable both from the operational and economic point of view as proven by solutions delivered by ABB to many countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden.
Detailed information about OppCharge concept, its advantages and possibilities of its current and future utilization will be available at ABB stand No. 4.08, pavilion P of BVV Brno Trade Fairs.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com
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