ABB has received an order from Jönköping in Sweden to supply ten 450 kW pantograph rapid chargers. The installation is scheduled for the first half of 2021 with operation starting by mid 2021.
The transport company Vy Buss will use the high-performance chargers to supply electricity to around 45 electric buses on lines 1 to 4 in Jönköping. The charging stations are several metres high, with the pantograph extending from above towards the bus roof. For charging, they use the standard OppCharge as an open interface, which enables charging via an automatic roof connection.
According to ABB, the electric buses are recharged in five to seven minutes – while passengers are getting on and off the bus. The chargers are also networked, enabling remote monitoring, configuration and proactive maintenance. The installation of the charging infrastructure will be carried out in cooperation with the local energy supplier Jönköping Energi. In addition to the chargers themselves, the order includes warranty and repair services from ABB.
The current order follows a pilot project in Jönköping, in which ABB was already involved and which created the city’s first electric bus line. “The pilot project to electrify bus line 17 was instructive and gave us a lot of insight for the next phase,” says Frank Muehlon, head of ABB’s E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions division.
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