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Luxembourg deploys 150 kW ABB fast chargers for plug-in hybrid buses

Added by admin 21/02/17

Posted February 20, 2017 by Charles Morris

ABB has installed two fast chargers at Luxembourg City’s central station, to support 5 Volvo plug-in hybrid buses. Each vehicle will be charged with 150 kW of power in three to six minutes, during the turnaround times at the end point of the bus route.

The new fast chargers are connected to the cloud for remote diagnostics and management, and can receive over-the-air software upgrades. They are based on OppCharge, an open interface that supports charging of e-buses from any manufacturer. ABB’s chargers and substations feature a modular design, so charging power can be increased to 300 kW or 450 kW to accommodate future needs.

Luxembourg City has set a goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020.

“This is a growing market and we expect to see more commissions for our fast chargers in future,” said Urs Waelchli, Product Group Manager for EV Charging at ABB. “These installations are required to be functional for many years, so it’s important to consider their longevity and ensure they are future-proof. ABB’s fast chargers’ modular design allows charging power upgrades, they are cloud-connected for software updates, and we closely follow the global standardization initiatives around electric hybrid and full electric buses.”

                                                   Story and image courtesy: Charged EV magazine


Volvo Buses receives order for 90 electric buses from Belgium

Added by admin 21/02/17

Posted February 17, 2017 by Charles Morris

Public transport operator the TEC Group, which serves the Belgian cities of Charleroi and Namur, has ordered 90 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses as well as 12 ABB charging stations. Delivery and installation will get underway this fall.

TEC brought 11 Volvo 7900s into service in Namur in January. Once the new buses take to the roads, 90% of Namur’s public transport will be electrified.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid is equipped with a small diesel engine, but is designed to be propelled by electricity for 70% of its route. Energy consumption is about 60% lower, and CO2 emissions are 75-90% lower, compared to a legacy diesel bus.

“The hybrid technology is the best compromise between operational constraints and energy efficiency for urban buses today,” said Vincent Peremans, CEO of the TEC Group.

Volvo’s plug-in hybrid buses and ABB’s fast charging systems use a common interface known as OppCharge, which allows the charging stations to be used by e-buses from various manufacturers. OppCharge is now in use in over 12 countries.

“The common interface for fast charging of buses and trucks, OppCharge, is gaining ground,” said Volvo Buses President Håkan Agnevall. “The use by many suppliers of a common interface will facilitate the transition to electromobility in the world’s cities.”

                                                   Story and image courtesy: Charged EV magazine


BYD in Sydney airport bus deal

Added by admin 21/02/17

By Neil Dowling on 16th February 2017

SYDNEY Airport ground-transport provider Carbridge has ordered 40 electric buses from Chinese manufacturer BYD, taking its EV fleet to 46 and slashing the fleet’s carbon-dioxide emissions.
Carbridge said it has placed orders for 40 more EV buses that will add to the existing six-bus fleet that was introduced in October. The buses are used to transport airport passengers between terminals and car parks.

Carbridge invested $5 million late last year for six buses plus infrastructure, including electric chargers. The additional buses are estimated to cost about $300,000 each. Carbridge and BYD have a joint venture to develop the transport concept at the Sydney airport.

The BYD Blu bus has the capacity for up to 70 passengers, has luggage storage racks and a range of up to 400 kilometres on a single charge, close to that of a Tesla Model S.

A conventional bus with the same passenger capacity and driving a similar short, stop-start route will have a fuel consumption of 48 litres per 100 kilometres. Over the same 400km route on a single charge for the EV bus, a conventional bus would use 192 litres of diesel at $1.40 a litre for a running cost of almost $270.

Carbridge said that it was not only the cost of the fuel but the fact the new buses will have zero emissions and a quiet operation that made them more attractive.

The transit company also has a BYD e6 electric SUV on fleet that is a carry-over from the initial BYD trials of EV buses and passenger vehicles in 2014.

The transport provider has a total fleet of 200, meaning 20 per cent will be low-emission EV vehicles.

In a statement, BYD general manager Asia Pacific Auto sales division Liu Xueliang said working with Carbridge was its foray into selling electric buses in Australia.

Carbridge, part of the Australian flight services supplier Aerocare, operates at six Australian airports and provides passenger services including intra-airport transport, mobility systems and luggage trolleys.

                                                   Story and image courtesy: GoAutoNews Premium


Green city buses just the ticket for North [of Adelaide, South Australia]

Added by admin 21/02/17

Posted February 10, 2017 by Richard Evans

Innovation and the impetus from a $2 million government grant is about to help turn an Adelaide tier one supplier into a $20 million mobility hub. And all within 12 months.
The inaugural product of the Stae Government's Northern Economic Plan grant - a low carbon emission diesel bus - is set to be unveiled today as part of a city wide trial on Adelaide's main public roads.
The 53 person capacity bus has been designed and built in Northern Adelaide as part of an alliance between Beverly automotive supplier and metal manufacturer Precision Components and National Bus manufacturer Bustech, with specialist engineering, manufacturing and supply chain support from Edinburgh park's ZF Lemforder.
A second environmentally friendly bus will be trialled later this month, including an electric bus, in March.
The project, part of a wider plan blueprint to create jobs and empower communities in northern Adelaide, has already paid dividends with an order for 50 buses from the eastern seaboard, said Precision Components director Mat Fitch.

Pictured: Precision Components director Mat Fitch and ZF Lemforder's Managing Director Christian Reynolds

Read more of this article on the home page the AEVA (SA) Website www.sa.aeva.asn.au

                                  Story and image courtesy: The Advertiser - Page 31, February 10, 2017


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