Volvo and ABB unveil first ‘open’ charging station in Sweden13 October 2016

Volvo Buses and ABB have teamed up to launch a charging station for electric buses based on the open OppCharge interface, which enables buses and charging stations from different manufacturers to be used together.

The first of these has been unveiled outside Volvo’s electric bus terminal in Gothenburg, and is ABB’s first charging station for electric buses in Sweden.

“Both Volvo electric buses and buses made by other manufacturers can use this charging facility,” says Håkan Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses.

“With OppCharge, the world’s cities can rest assured that electric buses and charging infrastructure from different manufacturers are compatible with one another and that there is no risk of being restricted to specific manufacturers,” he says, adding that this will enable the “accelerated transition” of electric bus systems.

Last spring, Volvo and other bus and infrastructure manufacturers launched an initiative to create an open, standardised interface between charging equipment and vehicles.

Key features of OppCharge include a 150kW and 300kW charge, with a charging time of 3-6 minutes sufficient for 30 minutes of operation.

Laura Cork

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