Heliox has received two orders for electric bus charging systems in Germany. The Dutch company has been tasked with the supply of charging infrastructure for two electric bus projects in Darmstadt and Bonn.
According to the announcement, Heliox will install depot chargers with a total output of 4.2 MW for Entega in Darmstadt and 1.05 MW for Stadtwerke Bonn. According to Heliox, the contracts go beyond the mere delivery of the chargers, they apparently also include the installation and the medium voltage connection.
Darmstadt’s public transport operator HEAG Mobilo has already announced the purchase of 28 E-buses in 2018, the purchase will take place in several stages. The local energy supplier Entega has been commissioned to build and operate the charging infrastructure at the Böllenfalltor depot under its own responsibility – Entega has now commissioned Heliox for the former. “Our ambitious goal in Darmstadt is to achieve complete electrification of our bus fleet with a total of 80 buses by 2025,” says Thomas Haasz, project manager at Entega.
In Bonn, the timetable is a bit more ambitious, but potentially more vehicles are needed. “Our electrification process extends to 2030 and involves the replacement of 200 buses,” says Bastian Müller, project manager at Stadtwerke Bonn Verkehrs GmbH. SWB has already put Sileo electric buses into operation and announced the purchase of four electric solo buses from Ebusco and three electric articulated buses from Solaris.
Heliox had already installed its charging infrastructure in the cities of Mannheim, Heidelberg and Aachen in 2019, preceded by the largest bus charging depot in Europe at the time in Norway. In addition, a project is currently being implemented in Wiesbaden.
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