October 22nd, 2015 by Guest Contributor
Originally published on RenewEconomy.
By Sophie Vorrath
Swiss engineering giant ABB has unveiled its robotic fast charging system, as part of a collaboration with Swedish car maker Volvo, aimed at boosting electric bus uptake in the cities of Europe.
The system, which automatically finds and plugs into a vehicle’s rooftop charge point while it is stopped at a depot or terminal (see image below), can recharge a bus in between 4-6 minutes.
Based on the ‘pantograph’ – a proven mechanical concept for linking power supplies to trains, trams and buses – the technology establishes wireless communication between bus and charger, before a special inverted pantograph is automatically lowered to provide the bus with a powerful fast recharge.
The modular design – 150kW, 300kW or 450 kW – provides any city bus with enough energy in only a few minutes to run…
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