Jönköping's first electric bus line to be charged by ABB

The city of Jönköping focuses on ecological, social and economic sustainability. In line with this, Swedish energy company Jönköping Energy has placed an order with ABB to power the city's first electric bus line.

Today, marks the launch of Jönköping’s first electric bus line, line 17, from the residential area of Strandängen to the shoping mall Asecs (A6). Powered by an ABB high power charger, this new sustainable transport service will deliver an estimated 221 ton emission reduction per annum and a quieter and calmer urban environment for city inhabitants.

  • Jönköping’s first electric bus line, line 17, was inaugurated today December 13 and will be taken into service on December 15. Photo: Sofia Beijer.
  • The new bus line was inaugurated by local politicians Mats Weidman, Anders Samuelsson and Marcus Eskdahl.
  • The buses on line 17 will be charged by a 450kW high power charger from ABB in just five to seven minutes at the route endpont at Asecs while dropping off passangers.

One of the long-term goals for the city of Jönköping, located in southern Sweden, is to change from fossil fuel to renewable energy. A key part of achieveing this objective is the introduction of a sustainable public transportation system.

Public transport company Jönköpings Länstrafik is therefore working to reduce harmful emissions with the goal of being completely fossil-free as early as 2021, when all buses will be run on electricity or biogases.

Deploying electric buses requires high performance charging infrastructure. The buses on line 17 will be charged by a 450kW high power charger from ABB. A modular solution based on OppCharge, an open interface for direct current (DC) electric bus charging, the solution offers high-power charging via an automated rooftop connection.

The buses will be recharged in just five to seven minutes at the route endpont at Asecs while dropping off passangers. The charge will last the full distrance from Asecs to Strandängen and back.

“Working towards developing a sustainable city is one of our overall goals. With the installation of charging infrastructure in Jönköping, we make it possible for local residents to travel more sustainably on the new electric buses”, sayes Mårten Nelson, Jönköping Energi, the company responsible for suplying the EV charging infrastructure.

The high power charger, a part of ABB’s innovative ABB Ability™ offering of digital solutions and services across all business areas, delivers web-enabled connectivity that allows network operators to perform remote monitoring and configuration of charge points and also minimizes downtime and increases efficiency.

”We are proud to work together with Jönköping Energi to deliver a stronger e-mobility infrastructure for the future of Jönköping. ABB is fully committed to building a zero emission future and sustainable public transportation is a vital part of this. We have the products and the solutions to deliver electricity from generation to the point of consumption in a safe, smart and sustainable way”, says Mats Peterson, Local Business Manager for ABB’s Electrification busniess in Sweden.

ABB is a world leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, offering the full range of charging and electrification solutions for electric cars, electric and hybrid buses as well as for ships and railways. ABB entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and today has sold more than 13,000 ABB DC fast chargers across 80 countries. In its role as title partner of the ABB FIA Formula E championship and as Official Charging Partner for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series, ABB extends its commitment to support and expand the future of smart and sustainable transport.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

For more information, please contact:
ABB Sweden
Christine Gunnarsson, Press chief
e-mail: press@se.abb.com
Telephone: +46(0)21-32 32 32


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