Opbrid Busbaar to Support Open Standards for Bus Charging Stations Compatible with Volvo Electric-Hybrid and Electric Buses

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Opbrid announces their support for the industry wide standardization of overhead conductive opportunity charging that will create interoperability between buses and charging stations from different manufacturers.

Today, Opbrid announced their support for fast overhead conductive charging of the Volvo Electric and Electric-Hybrid Buses. Along with Siemens and ABB, Opbrid feels that this Opportunity Charging System (OCS) will rapidly become the standard for bus charging stations worldwide. This standardization will promote the rapid electrification of bus fleets by creating interoperability between buses and charging stations from different manufacturers.

The Volvo compatible OCS consists of two fixed bars on the roof of the bus, and a pantograph on the charging station that lowers to contact the bars on the bus. This four contact CCS standards based system transfers very high DC power to charge bus batteries safely and economically. Fast charging for just a few minutes at each end of a bus route can power an electric bus 24 hours a day with fewer batteries.

According to Opbrid CEO, Roger Bedell; “Opbrid has provided very similar overhead conductive systems since 2010 for Volvo, Hybricon, New Flyer and others, so this technology is very familiar to us. We commend Volvo for the vision to make their OCS an open standard for the industry. Our goal is the same as theirs, to allow any bus to charge at any charging station.”

Opbrid operates independently and provides Volvo compatible charging equipment for on-vehicle components to any bus OEM. In addition, the Volvo compatible Opbrid Busbaar charging station is available for customers including cities, electric utilities, and bus operators. There are versions of the Opbrid Busbaar for curbside installations as well as for bus depots, from 60kW to 650kW power ratings.

About Opbrid
Opbrid Bůsbaar is a brand of Opbrid SL, based in Granada, Spain and Opbrid AB, based in Göteborg, Sweden, that is focused on providing ultra high power bus charging stations in Europe and worldwide. For more information on the Opbrid Bůsbaar, visit http://www.opbrid.com or phone +34 626 855 662 (Spain) or +46 72 260 3542 (Sweden).

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