The Grid-eMotion Fleet charging infrastructure system by Hitachi ABB Power Grids has been chosen to provide energy to the electric bus fleet in Swedish Västerås, where a batch of 10 to 17 e-buses from Volvo is set to be delivered during 2021.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids (which is set to become Hitachi Energy since October 2021) announced that it has won an order to supply its Grid-eMotion Fleet smart-charging infrastructure solution to the city. The contract was awarded by Holmbergs EL AB who will deliver the project to public transport operator, Svealandstrafiken AB.

When it comes to the bus-related sector, Hitachi ABB Power Grids acts as a supplier of charging infrastructures for e-buses, with a recent agreement being reached with the UK-based startup Arrival. The company is sponsor of the Sustainable Bus Tour 2021 and has taken part to the webinar “The electric depot. Charging and managing large e-bus fleets”.

The transition to an electrified transportation sector is key to accelerating Sweden’s carbon-neutral energy future. The Swedish government is driving to reduce transportation emissions by 70 percent by 2030 (compared to 2010) as part of its bid to achieve its Paris Agreement commitment of net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids infrastructure for e-buses in Sweden

With the launch of the Grid-eMotion Fleet system, last year, the Zurich-based company is targeting the market of large-scale public transport and commercial fleets of electric vehicles. And the portfolio features a flash charging solutions formerly (and widely) known as TOSA (now: Grid-eMotion Flash). Grid-eMotion solutions are already operating or under development in Europe, UK, Australia, China, India, Pakistan and the Middle East.

The order commissioned in Västerås includes innovative charging infrastructure connected to the grid and a digital control system to monitor fleet charging.

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The Grid-eMotion Fleet charging solution will provide Svealandstrafiken with a scalable and flexible solution to expand their electric bus fleet in Västerås for today’s generations and those to come. Thanks to its modularity the Grid-eMotion Fleet innovative charging solution is relatively easy to transfer to another location for a new bus depot in Västerås in the future, the company says.

Svealandstrafiken already runs a fossil-free, carbon-neutral fleet of more than 300 buses, most of which use biogas. The 10-17 new electric articulated buses, which will be running in Västerås in 2022, are the first step in the electrification strategy of Svealandstrafiken and aim to improve further its sustainability.

“Sweden has an ambitious program to remove greenhouse gas emissions from its roads and make the air cleaner and healthier for its citizens,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business. “We are proud to be delivering our Grid-eMotion Fleet – our smart fleet charging infrastructure solution – to help one of the country’s biggest cities achieve its sustainability targets.

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