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Published on October 21st, 2016 | by James Ayre


Volvo Buses & ABB Electric Bus Charging Station Based On OppCharge Interface

October 21st, 2016 by  

An electric bus charging station based on the new open OppCharge interface has been installed in Arendal, Gothenburg (Sweden) by Volvo Buses and ABB, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica.


With the new charging station utilizing the open OppCharge interface, electric buses from different manufacturers will be able to relatively easily use the new station, in addition to those from Volvo Buses.

The new electric bus charging station — located outside of Volvo’s electric bus terminal in Arendal — is ABB’s first in Sweden.

The email provides more: “The aim of this cooperative venture is to cooperate on the development and commercialisation of electric buses and electric hybrid buses equipped with systems for DC opportunity charging using open standards. Demonstrations of buses and charging stations both as products and systems offer a clear picture of what installation at the customer’s premises looks like. With the new charging station, Volvo is demonstrating that the company’s electric buses are compatible with chargers from several different manufacturers. The buses operating on route 55 are now charged using systems delivered by ABB and Siemens.”

“It feels great to be working together with ABB inaugurating yet another charging station based on the open interface for opportunity charging, OppCharge. Both Volvo electric buses and buses made by other manufacturers can use this charging facility. 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. This creates the right preconditions for accelerated transition to electric bus systems in cities all over the world,” commented Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses.

The email also provides background on the OppCharge interface:

  • Open interface between charging equipment and vehicle.
  • 150 kW and 300 kW charge.
  • All moving parts integrated into the charging pylon.
  • 3–6 minute charge sufficient for 30 minutes of driving.
  • Conductive static charge via a pantograph with communication between bus and charging station via WiFi.
  • The bus has roof-mounted contact rails that can handle all weather conditions from -25 C to +45 C.


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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