ABB Launches Robotic Fast Charging System For Electric Buses

Enjeux énergies et environnement

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 E-Bus+Charger_lowresrun…

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