Siemens Smart Infrastructure has just received a new order from Italy. The company is contracted to supply the charging infrastructure for ten Rampini E80 electric buses for the municipal transport operator AMT Genova (AMT) in Genoa.
The Siemens charging infrastructure will be installed at the AMT bus depot in Cornigliano and is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2021. It consists of ten Sicharge UC 100 plug-in charging systems with up to 100 kW charging capacity. The buses that have a battery capacity of 200 kWh will thus be charged overnight or during planned breaks in operation, according to Siemens.
The charging solution is characterised among other things by its space-saving installation. Instead, the charging cables are mounted on supports above the vehicles and can be pulled down for charging. In this way, no shunting and storage space is lost. In the depot in Genoa, up to 60 additional charging units will be installed later.
Siemens’ charge management system will optimise charging processes so that the depot’s energy requirements remain as low as possible. “This first electrification project for public transport in Italy demonstrates the potential of our flexible and compact solution, which is particularly adaptable and can be used even in this small historic building,” says Marco Rastelli, head of the Distribution Systems Business Unit at Siemens Italy.
AMT chose the E80 from Rampini because the vehicles are the only electric buses in Europe that agile enough for use in the historic centre of the city. The E80 is 2.7 meters wide and can accommodate up to 43 passengers.
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