HVC system offers 450kW OppCharge capable of recharging an e-bus in 6 minutes
ABB continues to pioneer the development of sustainable and energy efficient transport solutions with the announcement of the contract to supply one of its Heavy Vehicle Charger (HVC) 450kW fast charge systems to the Société de transport de Laval (STL) in Canada.
In partnership with TM4 and Cummins, STL recently announced plans to test two electric buses with range extenders. For this project, STL was looking to acquire an automatic fast charger to efficiently recharge buses at the terminal.
STL offers public transit services to the city of Laval in Québec, Canada. The network comprises more than 40 routes, with a ridership of approximately 20 million trips per year, for a population of 420,000 residents.
Commenting on the order, Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB in Canada, said: “We have invested heavily in the development of electric fast-charging technology and are delighted to play a role in bringing cleaner and more energy efficient transport to Laval. Ultimately, the vision is about reducing congestion, improving freedom of movement and creating a better environment. We are honoured to work with STL, TM4 and Cummins on this exciting project, which takes us one step closer to realising this vision.”
The STL order for ABB’s powerful charger, the HVC 450P, provides 450kW of DC output power and can recharge a battery in under six minutes. Importantly, this fast charge system is compatible with OppCharge, an interoperable and open interface for DC electric bus charging that uses a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure.
OppCharge offers ‘opportunity charging’, where buses are charged while they wait at terminal bus stops, which are equipped with fast-charging infrastructure.
The system is modular, allows for less complex upgrades and is a cost-effective solution for operators.
ABB will be providing a full-scope project, including installation and civil works. The installation, scheduled for mid-2018, will be supported by a dedicated team of engineers and service personnel from ABB’s Center of Excellence in E-Mobility for North America, which is based at the Campus Montréal, close to STL.