Flash charging for electric buses, or e-buses, is coming to Geneva. After a successful pilot project, technology company ABB won a contract from Transports Publics Genevois to deliver the revolutionary technology, which could change urban transit as we know it. With the new flash-charging technology, green e-buses in the Swiss city will be charged in a mere 15 seconds.
ABB will provide the technology for 12 Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation (TOSA) buses as well as 13 flash-charging stations on Geneva’s Line 23, which runs between suburbs and the airport. The contract includes a “five-year maintenance and service” agreement. Buses can connect with charging points in less than a second and in 15 seconds will receive a “600 kilowatt boost.” Using the technology, e-buses can be recharged completely in just four to five minutes.
The buses could serve over 10,000 people daily. Geneva’s Line 23 will be “slightly modified” to offer a quick connection to the new suburb Praille-Acacias-Vernet, which will have space for 11,000 flats and offices where 11,000 people can work. ABB estimates the new buses could save up to 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year. Plus, as they are silent, the buses could greatly reduce city noise pollution.
ABB Power Grids division head Claudio Facchin said in a press release, “We are proud of this breakthrough technology to support Geneva’s vision of providing a silent and zero-emission urban mass transportation for the city. It provides a model for future urban transport and reinforces our vision of sustainable mobility for a better world.”
TOSA buses were developed by ABB in partnership with the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI) and utility company SIG. According to ABB, the buses will be “fully commissioned” in 2018. Looks like we’re one step closer to clean, emissions-free electric public transportation.
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