ABB and China’s King Long Motor Group are teaming up to develop an e-bus with the world’s fastest flash-charging solution.
The e-bus will feature ABB’s TOSA flash-charging system that tops up the battery in just seconds while passengers get on and off the bus.
According to ABB’s engineers, this helps avoid taking the bus out of service for recharging every few hours or having a replacement vehicle ready.
Both ABB and King Long are planning to build a pilot project in China for demonstration purposes.
King Long will design and assemble the e-bus, while ABB will provide the TOSA flash-charging solution consisting of a wayside feeding station, an energy transfer system and an onboard battery charger.
According to ABB, the TOSA fast-charging solution requires no costly overhead lines.
It takes less than a second for the overhead arm to connect and for battery charging to begin, notes ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business line managing director, Niklas Persson.
This makes it an ideal solution for high-capacity, high-frequency routes, enabling public transportation companies to deploy emission-free, noiseless e-buses in a cost-effective and environment-friendly manner.
The Chinese government’s policy to prioritize the electrification of the public transportation system has helped make the country the world’s biggest market for e-buses.
King Long Motors is one of largest bus and coach manufacturers in China and in the world. The company has extensive sales worldwide, especially in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
ABB’s TOSA is already an established e-bus technology in Geneva, Switzerland. It has operated for more than 500,000 kilometers, transported millions of passengers and saved more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The system is also scheduled to start operating on 20 e-buses in Nantes, France, from September 2019 onward.
Image and content: Spielvogel-wiki commons/ABB