ABB is to provide eight heavy vehicle chargers (HVCs) to Trøndelag County Council in Norway to power a fleet of 35 fully-electric buses.
The project is one of the first where fully electric buses of two different brands will run a large scale commercial operation using the same charging infrastructure.
ABB’s HVC 450P chargers will charge 25 Volvo 7900 electric buses and 10 Heuliez GX 437 vehicles.
The HVC 450P provides 450 kW DC output power and can recharge a battery in three to six minutes, says ABB. 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 contract is for ten years and will include connected services like remote management to ensure high uptime during operation.
The chargers will be installed at the endpoints of four bus routes that are being electrified, including some more remote locations served by the Trondheim bus route.
The new fully electric buses will cover distances of between 12 and 15 km each. The HVC 450P chargers will be delivered in February 2019 with operations due to start in August.
Frank Mühlon, head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, said: “At 35 vehicles, Trondheim will have the largest electric bus fleet in Norway and we are proud to have been chosen as a strategic partner.