ABB is teaming with Volvo Buses to develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems. The goal is a standardized quick charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses. This approach is based on internationally accepted standards that facilitate maximum re-use of existing e-mobility technologies.
Volvo’s new Electric Hybrid bus reduces fuel consumption by 75 percent over conventional diesel buses. Volvo will debit the vehicles at September’s IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
The first joint project will establish ABB’s automatic e-bus chargers in the Luxembourg public transport system, which will have up to a dozen Volvo Electric Hybrid buses operated by Sales-Lentz. The system is expected to be operational by 2015. According to ABB, “The project is integrated into Luxembourg’s Mobility Network linking different mobility projects in the western European country to exploit synergies and develop common visions for the mobility of the future.”
ABB and Volvo will also develop e-bus fast-charging standards—such as communications protocols for infrastructure—largely based on the recently adopted global DC fast charging standards for passenger cars.
Pekka Tiitinen, ABB’s discrete automation and motion division head, says, “We are very pleased to partner with a global transportation industry leader that shares our vision of e-mobility in line with ABB’s commitment of power and productivity for a better world. Urbanization is at a historic high and is stretching transport infrastructure of cities around the world. Our collaboration will help support sustainable and cost-efficient transportation solutions to meet rising commuter demand.”
Volvo Buses president Håkan Agnevall adds: “We are delighted to enter into partnership with ABB. Together we have a complete and competitive offer to cities around the world that want to switch to a sustainable public transport system. Electric hybrid buses and full-electric buses are tomorrow’s solution for urban public transport.”
ABB has delivered over 1,500 DC fast charging systems for passenger vehicles worldwide since 2010, including nationwide networks in the Netherlands, Estonia, and Denmark.