Geneva Is Buying 12 Hess Buses & 20 Urban Charging Stations
ABB has disclosed orders worth more than $16 million by the transit agency in Geneva, and orders by the the Swiss bus manufacturer Hess, to provide ultra fast “flash charging” equipment for a dozen all-battery buses and 20 charging sites.
The high-capacity articulated buses “Tosa” buses will be able to connect in less than a second to 13 in-route units and charge in just 15 seconds “with a 600-kilowatt boost of power at the bus stop.
Tosa stands for Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation – optimized trolleybus charging system, being put in service by TPG – Transports Publics Genevois.
No Overhead Lines
“A further four- to five-minute charge at the terminus at the end of the line enables a full recharge of the batteries,” ABB says.
The order includes three terminal and four depot feeding stations.
ABB says that the “revolutionary technology requires no overhead lines and offers silent and zero-emission mass transit solution as a viable alternative to diesel buses, providing a model for future urban transportation.”
‘A Model for Future Urban Transport’
The Geneva project “provides a model for future urban transport and reinforces our vision of sustainable mobility for a better world,” ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said in a release.
ABB says that as part of a separate award, it will supply Hess with 12 flexible drivetrain solutions for the buses including integrated traction and auxiliary converters, roof-mounted battery units and energy transfer systems (ETS), and permanent magnet traction motors. Both contracts include five-year maintenance and service agreements to ensure operational reliability, efficiency and safety.
The all-electric Tosa buses will run on TPG’s Line 23, which serves Geneva’s airport and the Palexpo convention center, as well as a major new area housing development. The line carries more than 10,000 passengers daily.
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Source: ABB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up