ABB Launches Robotic Fast Charging System For Electric Buses

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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.

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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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