ABB to provide charging infrastructure for public e-buses in Oslo

Bus operator Unibuss selects ABB as supplier of depot and pantograph charging for 23 electric buses that will be put in operation in Oslo/Bærum area in June 2020.

E-mobility solutions from ABB are helping Norway to achieve its ambitious objective to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in Oslo by 95 percent by 2030. Unibuss estimates that the battery buses will reduce CO2 emissions by 1,600 tonnes annually, corresponding to the emissions from 800 cars.

“We chose ABB as the supplier because they offer the best and most cost-effective solution for this route area. In addition, ABB's bus charging solutions are compatible with a large number of bus manufacturers. We are looking forward to the collaboration,” says Øystein Svendsen, CEO of Unibuss AS.

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ABB supplies both 150-kilowatt (kW) depot chargers and charge boxes so that all buses can be connected at the same time, plus a pantograph charger of 300 kW. The charging stations are installed at the Furubakken bus facility at Bekkestua.

“We look forward to continuing the fruitful cooperation with Unibuss,” says Gøran Salomonsen, local business manager Electrification at ABB in Norway, adding: “Public transportation agency Ruter's investment in electric buses in Oslo/Bærum is an important contribution to make the municipality more sustainable. In Bærum, Ruter's goal of having only zero-emission buses by 2028 will be reached by 2025 with the new Unibuss contract, which guarantees 150 electric buses in 2025.”

Electric buses are also a good measure to reduce noise for both the environment and passengers and cut operating costs.

ABB's chargers are part of the ABB AbilityTM portfolio of connected solutions, the company's unified, cross-industry, digital offering with over 210 solutions to date.

Electric «ski bus»

The electric buses in operation from next summer are provided by BYD, one of the world's leading electric bus suppliers with over 50,000 electric buses globally. The buses are 12 meters long and have a battery capacity of 348 kilowatt hours (kWh). They can be charged with a pantograph lowered to the roof and by cable using the CCS2 (Combined Charging System) charging standard plug which is used by most European electric vehicles.

The electric buses will run on these lines in Vestre Aker:

  • 40 Skøyen – Øvre Sogn
  • 41 Skansebakken – Røa
  • 45 Voksenskog – Majorstuen
  • 46 Ullerntoppen – Majorstuen
  • 48 Voksenkollen – Tryvann (skibuss)

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

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