ABB has been appointed to provide more than 100 chargers for the Qbuzz fleet in the Netherlands. 62 charging stations have been installed within the Groningen/Drenthe concession (where also Heliox is involved), while 38 further chargers have been put in place within the DMG Dordrecht concession, in the south-west of the country.

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ABB charging solution looks also at electric cars

Being more specific, in Groningen/Drenthe region, ABB has installed 62, high-power chargers able to deliver up to 100kW. They have been put in place across Qbuzz depots in Emmen, Appingendam, Stadskanaal, Oude Pekela, Zoutkamp, Surhuisterveen and Assen, ABB points out. With a voltage range of 150-850VDC, the chargers will be used to charge the fleet overnight.

Meanwhile, in the south-west, within the DMG Dordrecht concession, ABB has installed 38 Terra 54 50kW depot-fast chargers with a voltage range of 150-920V. The Swiss group points out that in the future, as demand for electric cars grows in the Netherlands, this 50kW charging solution will also give Qbuzz the flexibility to provide charging for private cars alongside its normal operation.

ABB, six pantograph stations around Dordrecht

Finally, ABB announced it has also supplied six HVC-300 Pantograph Down (PD) smart charging solutions for on-route charging. These chargers have been installed at locations throughout the regional network around Dordrecht, including Drechtsteden, Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden.

These high-power 300PD bus chargers delives 300kW of charging power and will charge the bus for 3 to 6 minutes, depending on the power the bus needs to finish its route. It is based on Opportunity Charging, a concept for electric bus charging with direct current using a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure. This allows buses to be charged at the end of the line, without impacting the normal operation of the route.

ABB Ability to perform tasks remotely

To ensure 24-hour availability of the charging infrastructure, ABB solutions are combined with ABB Ability connected services, that allow e-mobility charging network operators to perform tasks remotely.

Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions, says “We are delighted to have partnered with Qbuzz on these landmark projects. The installation of our high-power and fast chargers will allow efficient and quick overnight charging to help the Netherlands realize its zero-emission vision for its public transport networks, setting a fantastic example to other markets across Europe.”

Tim van Twuijver, program manager EV from Qbuzz said: “As an ambitious and innovative player in the Dutch regional mobility market we look to partner with like-minded organizations to realize our ambitions of a sustainable transport future for the Netherlands. ABB was a natural fit for us.”



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