The Mobility House (TMH) and PSI Transcom are working on a digital interface to advance the electrification of bus fleets. The jointly implemented VDV interface 463 enables the combination of a charging and energy management system with the depot management PSIebus.
PSI Transcom is currently implementing its bus depot management system at, among others, Berlin & Hamburg’s public transport operators Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG9 and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein. Both transport companies run large depots and will be using the depot management solution PSIebus.
The cooperation between The Mobility House and PSI Transcom, a subsidiary of PSI Software AG, now ensures that PSIebus and ChargePilot, the charging and energy management system of The Mobility House, are compatible and the company says functionality has already been tested.
PSI Transcom has developed such an interface in a project which is so far unique in the country with Hamburg public transport operator Hamburger Hochbahn as the first customer. Thanks to this interface, data for the operation of electric buses can be exchanged between the systems: among other things, the battery charge status at the time of arrival as well as the desired destination SoC (State of Charge). Information on pre-conditioning is also passed on so that the buses are cooled before departure in summer and heated in winter.
The Mobility House says that the interface will soon be published as ‘VDV interface 463’. PSI Transcom and The Mobility House are currently putting together a product package to ensure that the ChargePilot, with which, according to The Mobility House, over 100 buses are already being charged internationally, can be combined with various depot management systems via the upcoming VDV interface 463. Conversely, the partners are also working on the compatibility of PSIebus with different charge management systems. Both companies underline the fact that when standardising the interface, they are focusing on the greatest possible openness so that the systems harmonise with a wide range of electric bus models and charging hardware and software.
The cooperation is one of several partnerships that The Mobility House has initiated recently. In early November, the technology company announced a partnership with Chargecloud GmbH, a provider of cloud-based software solutions for managing and billing charging infrastructure. Here too, the aim is to make the systems ChargePilot and Chargecloud compatible via an interface. In October, the company joined forces with Ebee: the charging infrastructure provider, which belongs to the Bender Group, also ensured compatibility with the ChargePilot system in the development of its latest charging controller CC613.
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