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ABB to help charge Gothenburg’s electric buses

Project is a partnership with Göteborg Energi, Volvo Buses, public transport agency Västtrafik and power and automation group ABB

The order comes after a successful two-year trial under the ElectriCity venture
The order comes after a successful two-year trial under the ElectriCity venture

Swedish energy company Göteborg Energi has placed an order for two fast chargers for articulated high-capacity electric buses in Gothenburg.


Due for delivery in spring 2018, the 450kW Opportunity Charging (OppCharge) from ABB will be installed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Eriksberg Square, on line 16 of the city’s bus network, on which two prototype electric articulated high capacity buses from Volvo will operate.


OppCharge is an open interface for the automated charging of both single and double deck electric buses, which can be utilised by any manufacturer, using a pantograph on the infrastructure to connect the bus to the charging point.


The order comes after a successful two-year trial under the ElectriCity venture during which 10 all-electric or partially electrified buses have run on the Swedish city’s bus route 55.


“The fact that the chargers operate so quickly is vital for keeping traffic moving and for increasing the capacity of the network,” added Fredrik Persson, project manager at Göteborg Energi. “The efficiency of ABB’s new charging stations in combination with their high performance is the key to the concept.”


When the Volvo Ocean Race is staged in Gothenburg in June 2018, two electrically powered articulated buses will showcase the latest developments. These two prototype buses will then run on route 16, which will be equipped with charging infrastructure and bus stop facilities for electrified high-capacity traffic.

“We are committed to providing charging solutions for Gothenburg, whether that is for EV passenger cars or for the city’s public transport network,” added Lotta Brändström, CEO of Göteborg Energi.


“The transition of the transport sector is one of our biggest challenges and we understand that this will take the combination of many different solutions.”


“We are proud to be partnering with Volvo, Västtrafik and Göteborg Energi on delivering this efficient charging solution for the city of Gothenburg,” said Frank Muehlon, head of global business for EV charging infrastructure, ABB.

“This project marks another positive step in an ongoing partnership between ABB and Volvo, which has seen our companies work side by side since 2014 on co-developing city-wide electric bus solutions for improved and sustainable urban mobility.”


Göteborg Energi specialises in electricity, district heating and electricity networks, gas, cooling, energy services and city fiber. The company is working towards a sustainable Gothenburg society by, among other things, a smarter, more sustainable housing programme and the reduction of CO2 emissions in the city.


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