ABB will provide eight heavy vehicle chargers (HVCs) to the Municipal Council of Trondelag (Norway) to feed a fleet of 35 buses fully electric in one of the largest projects in Europe. It is one of the first initiatives in which fully electric buses of two different brands will carry out a large-scale commercial operation using the same charging infrastructure.
ABB's HVC 450P chargers will charge 25 Volvo 7900 and 10 Heuliez GX 437 electric buses, demonstrating the need for interoperability and the strength of open interfaces. All vehicles are operated by Tide Buss in the City of Trondheim on behalf of the Trøndelag Municipal Council.
HVC 450P charger provides 450 kW DC power output And it can recharge a battery in three to six minutes. The chargers are compatible with OppCharge, an open and interoperable interface for charging direct current (DC) electric buses that use a pantograph mounted on their infrastructure.
This contract is for a period of ten years and will include connected services such as remote management to ensure high uptime through ABB Ability.
ABB chargers allow the bus to be charged at the end of the route during the stopping time as they will be installed at the end points of the four routes that are being electrified, including some remote locations.
The new emission-free buses will run on four Trondheim routes covering distances of between 12 and 15 km each. The HVC 450P chargers will be delivered in February 2019 and operations will begin in August.