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Aarhus progresses electric bus strategy

Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje wants to test and gain experience of the new technology under normal operating conditions

The electric buses are expected to be in operation in Aarhus by August 2019
The electric buses are expected to be in operation in Aarhus by August 2019

Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, and its local bus operator Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje, have ordered four electric buses from Volvo and the OppCharge fast-charging solution from ABB.

The buses will replace four diesel busses and contribute to reducing air pollution from public transportation in the city. They are expected to be in operation in Aarhus by August 2019.


Finn Mikkelsen, CEO of bus operator Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje, said the company is excited to “test and gain” experience of the new technology under normal operating conditions. “This investment represents a very positive initiative between the municipality and the PTA to promote the use of electric busses in Aarhus and other nearby cities,” he said.

He added: “Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje is iso-certified in environmental management, so we are very aware of our impact on the environment. This investment in electric transportation reduces noise as well as air pollution, which benefits the environment as well as the customer experience.”

ABB will supply a 300 kW OppCharge fast-charger, which will be situated at the end point of the 15km long route of line 13, where the bus will be recharged. OppCharge is an open interface for the automated charging of both single and double deck electric buses, from any manufacturer, using a pantograph on the infrastructure to connect the bus to the charging point.

The order also includes four ABB HVC-Overnight Chargers for installation at the depot where the buses will be stored.

Frank Muehlon, head of ABB’s global business for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, described it as a significant step forward in sustainable travel in Aarhus. “We are working hard to build a smarter and greener network and believe that EV technology is the key to driving-up efficient transport systems across Europe and beyond,” he said.

The chargers come with ABB Ability connected solutions, which increase visibility and control of infrastructure networks, while minimising downtime and increasing efficiency.


ABB Ability, which is ABB’s unified, cross-industry digital offering, delivers web-enabled connectivity that allows network operators to monitor and configure the charge points from any location. Driver issues can be resolved remotely and equipment can be serviced with minimal downtime. It offers flexibility to connect to any charging network, back-office or energy management solution.

ABB’s fast-charging solutions are based on IEC 61851-23, the international standard for fast-charging of electric vehicles. This ensures the appropriate safety systems are in place, the electrical design is in accordance with regulations, and the systems architecture and working principles are supported by the wider automotive community in the future.

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