Gothenburg, Sweden (PRWEB) July 03, 2012
Today, Göteborg Energi, the electricity provider for the City of Gothenburg, awarded a contract to Opbrid SL (Granada, Spain) to provide two Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for the HyperBus demonstration project in Gothenburg City. This project will consist of three new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses running in traffic and charging for 5-8 minutes at each end of the #60 bus line.
The HyperBus project is funded partly by the EU Life+ Innovation program, as well as with contributions from Business Region Göteborg, Göteborg Energi, City of Göteborg Traffic & Public Transport Authority, Volvo Buses and the public transport company Västtrafik.
These new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses have great advantages. Energy consumption will be reduced by 60 percent and emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by a huge 75 percent compared to conventional diesel buses. And because the plug-in hybrid runs on battery power for the major part of its route, it is much quieter than any comparable public transportation system.
“Our being able to drastically reduce exhaust fumes and noise is important for everyone who lives, works and plays here." says Birgitta Hellgren, Traffic Director, City of Gothenburg Traffic & Public Transport Authority.
“We will buy the electricity for the buses from local wind farms as we want to establish a clear connection between renewable energy and electric vehicles right from the beginning," says Göran Dalman, pro tem CEO at Göteborg Energi.“
This plug-In hybrid is based on the existing Volvo 7900 hybrid bus design, but with the addition of a larger, energy optimized battery and the ability to connect to the Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast charging station. It combines the no-emission benefits of an electric bus with the reliability of a diesel bus. The Opbrid Bůsbaar charging station is located at each end of the bus route and fast charges the bus for a few minutes at the end of each trip. This extends the all-electric range of the hybrid bus to a predicted 75% or more of the route. And, since this is a hybrid bus that can also run on diesel, the bus can continue in case of brown-outs, traffic jams, or even fill-in on a route without chargers.
The Hyper Bus project began on September 1, 2011 and will run until 2014. It can be divided into four sub-areas: demonstration of plug-in technology for hybrid buses, rapid-charge stations, tests in real city environments on existing bus routes and the publication of results and experiences from the project.
The plug-in hybrid buses will use electricity as their primary power source and diesel for supplementary power. Plug-in technology allows the buses to be charged with external power using the Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast charging station.
About the Opbrid Bůsbaar
At the end of the bus route, the driver pulls up underneath the Opbrid Bůsbaar charging station, and the tram-like pantographs on the bus roof quickly rise up to contact the Bůsbaar. The charging process is completely automatic, with the driver never having to leave the bus. When the batteries are charged, the driver continues on the route.
Reliably built by the highly regarded Swiss electric rail supplier Furrer+Frey, Germany's Schaefer and Austria's Schunk SBI, the Opbrid Bůsbaar is simple and safe. It can be installed easily in any location since it is unobtrusive and about the size of a bus shelter.
About Opbrid S.L.
Opbrid Bůsbaar is a brand of Opbrid S.L., based in Granada, Spain that is focused on providing ultra fast-charge stations to enable the emerging fast charged bus industry in Europe and worldwide. We believe that the ultra fast charge plug-in concept will revolutionize the urban bus, changing it from a loud, polluting, CO2 emitting vehicle into clean, quiet, sustainable transportation. For more information on the Opbrid Bůsbaar and fast charged plug-in buses in general, visit http://www.opbrid.com or phone +34 626 855 662.