Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro4
ABB, Volvo Join Forces On Electric And Hybrid Buses
July 28th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Last week, automation experts ABB announced an alliance with Volvo Buses to help develop practical hybrid and electric transit solution. The goal is to standardize a charging system that allows the fast recharging of fuel-efficient buses via an automatic rooftop system between stops, or by being plugged in when off the clock.
“We are very pleased to partner with a global transportation industry leader that shares our vision of e-mobility in line with ABB’s commitment of power and productivity for a better world,” said Pekka Tiitinen, head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division. “Urbanization is at a historic high and is stretching transport infrastructure of cities around the world. Our collaboration will help support sustainable and cost-efficient transportation solutions to meet rising commuter demand.”
The hope is that by utilizing already-accepted standards, ABB and Volvo Buses can accelerate the worldwide rollout of more efficient transit options. Volvo claims its buses can cut fuel consumption by 75% compared with current diesel bus technology. By working together, ABB and Volvo want to standardize the charging methods and procedures between the infrastructure and vehicles, with the first pilot project coming to Luxembourg. where as many as a dozen Volvo hybrid buses will be running on existing lines by the end of 2015.
With over 1,500 fast charging stations delivered by ABB and 1,600 hybrid buses delivered by Volvo since 2009, it seems like an alliance of equals that could affect charging standards the world over.