ABB is to supply one of its Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) 300P for Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe (GöVB), which provides public bus transport in the German university city of Göttingen, in Lower Saxony.
The initiative forms part of GöVB’ and Göttingen’s ambitious plans to transform the city’s public transport system into a greener and more sustainable network, with a greater reliance on electrification.
GöVB has been a leader in driving environmentally friendly travel in the city, transporting more than 50,000 passengers every day. ABB’s HVC 300P, which will be placed in GöVB’s City Depot, will power three new Volvo electric hybrid buses on key bus routes in central Göttingen.
Thomas Zimmermann, GöVB’s Authorized Representative and Head of Operations, added: “GöVB is keen to take over its responsibility as a municipal transport organization for the city of Göttingen and aims, through this initiative, to reduce noise emissions and improve air quality for local residents.”
The HVC 300P fast charge system delivers 300 kW DC output power and will recharge a battery in three to six minutes. It is based on OppCharge, an open interface for DC electric bus charging using a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure for end point opportunity charging. This allows buses to be charged at the end of the line, without impacting on the normal operation of the route.
The system will charge three Volvo Electric Hybrid buses, which will deliver quiet, exhaust free operation between charges. The electric hybrid buses are also fitted with a small diesel engine that extends the range and offers greater flexibility.
Looking to the future, the 300kW charging power gives GöVB the potential to increase the number of vehicles it wishes to charge or to charge batteries with a higher capacity.
ABB Ability also links to ABB’s Driver Care system, which will allow GöVB to constantly monitor its charging points and collect real-time information on the devices and diagnose potential issues remotely. ABB Ability also allows for the effective planning of maintenance, to eliminate potential failures and improve the entire maintenance and service process.
The project, which is set to go live at the end of the first quarter of 2018, will be supported by a dedicated team of ABB engineers and service personnel.
ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 5,000 cloud connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.