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Göttingen city turns to electric buses

Buses can be charged at the end of the line, without impacting on the normal operation of the route

The city of Göttingen is keen to reduce noise emissions and improve air quality for residents
The city of Göttingen is keen to reduce noise emissions and improve air quality for residents

Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe (GöVB), which provides public bus transport in the German university city of Göttingen in Lower Saxony, has chosen ABB to supply one of its electric bus chargers.


The Swiss power and automation group’s heavy vehicle charger (HVC) 300P will be placed in GöVB’s city depot, to power three new Volvo electric hybrid buses on key bus routes in central Göttingen.


The initiative forms part of GöVB’s and Göttingen’s ambitious plans to transform the city’s public transport system into a greener and more sustainable network, with a greater reliance on electrification.


The HVC 300P fast charge system delivers 300 kW DC output power and will recharge a battery in three- to six minutes, claims ABB. It is based on OppCharge, an open interface for DC electric bus charging using a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure for end-point opportunity charging.


This allows buses to be charged at the end of the line, without impacting on the normal operation of the route.


“GöVB is keen to take over its responsibility as a municipal transport organisation for the city of Göttingen and aims, through this initiative, to reduce noise emissions and improve air quality for local residents,” said Thomas Zimmerman, authorised representative and head of operations, GöVB.


Looking to the future, the 300kW charging power gives GöVB the potential to increase the number of vehicles it wishes to charge or to charge batteries with a higher capacity.


ABB’s Ability platform also links to its driver care system, which will allow GöVB to constantly monitor its charging points and collect real-time information on the devices and diagnose potential issues remotely. The platform also allows for the effective planning of maintenance, to eliminate potential failures and improve the entire maintenance and service process, said ABB.


“We are pleased to support GöVB’s drive to develop a more environmentally friendly and sustainable public transport system,” added Frank Mühlon, head of global business for electric vehicle charging, ABB.


“We recognise how important it is for our customers to provide efficient and reliable transport networks. That’s why we have invested in developing a range of solutions that harness the power of the web to give operators instant access to performance information.”


The project, which is set to go live at the end of the first quarter of 2018, will be supported by a dedicated team of ABB engineers and service personnel.

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