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Powering Norway’s largest electric bus project

Public transport within the city of Trondheim aims to be fossil free by 2019

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OppCharge uses a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure
OppCharge uses a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure

Trøndelag County Council in Norway has selected ABB to supply heavy vehicle chargers (HVCs) to power one of Europe’s largest electric bus schemes.


The project is one of the first where fully electric buses from two different bus manufacturers will run in a large scale commercial operation using the same charging infrastructure.


Demonstrating the need for interoperability and the strength of open interfaces, eight ABB HVC 450P chargers, will be used to charge 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses and 10 Heuliez GX 437 buses.


All buses are fully electric and operated by Tide Buss in the city of Trondheim, Norway, on behalf of Trøndelag County Council.


“Working with ABB has enabled us to deliver a high quality and reliable solution which allows operators from different networks to work simultaneously and share infrastructure. This not only provides good economies of scale and return on investment but continues to support our forward thinking approach in delivering first-rate modern infrastructure for our region,” said Per Olav Hopsø, head of transport committee, Trøndelag County Council.


Each HVC 450P charger provides 450 kW DC output power and can recharge a battery in three- to six minutes, ABB claims. The chargers are compatible with OppCharge, an interoperable and open interface for DC electric bus charging, that uses a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure.


The 10-year agreement will include connected services like remote management to ensure high uptime during operation through ABB Ability.


ABB Ability delivers web-enabled connectivity that allows network operators to perform several functions, including the remote monitoring and configuration of charge points, the resolution of driver issues, the servicing of equipment with minimal downtime and the flexibility to connect to any charging network, back-office or energy management solution.

“This scheme is a great example of how ABB’s commitment to developing open technology means our products can support large scale, multi-supplier projects without the need for additional investment in infrastructure,” added Frank Mühlon, head of ABB’s global business for electric vehicle charging.


“We are working hard to build a smarter and greener network and believe that EV technology is the key to driving-up efficient transport systems across Europe and beyond. We are proud to be working with Tide Buss to deliver a stronger EV infrastructure for the future of Trondheim.”


The new fully electric buses will be entirely emission-free and will run on four routes in Trondheim, covering distances of between 12km and 15 km. The HVC 450P chargers will be delivered in February 2019 with operations due to start in August.


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