Heliox is the selected charger infrastructure partner for Stadtwerke Bonn Verkehrs Gmbh (SWB) and ENTEGA AG Darmstadt. With regards to German activities, in 2019 Heliox, which is based in Amsterdam, already implemented charging infrastructure in the cities of Mannheim, Heidelberg and Aachen. And right at this moment, implementation of the project in Wiesbaden is taking place.
Bonn will welcome three Solaris articulated electric buses featuring the new generation of Solaris High Energy+ batteries in order to get the maximum range available. Pursuant to the agreement, the Solaris buses will venture out onto the streets of Bonn in 2020.
5,25 MW to charge Bonn and Darmstadt e-buses
Both projects in Bonn and Darmstadt represent the very first steps towards a zero emission bus fleet. The total number of MW in Bonn and Darmstadt that will be installed is 5,25 MW: 4.2 MW in Darmstadt, 1,05 MW in Bonn. In both cases the charging infrastructures will be placed in the depots.
The scope of Heliox’s contract stretches further than the delivery of the Overnight Chargers, but is to be regarded as a complete turnkey project, the Dutch provider points out. It includes full installation: charging stations and medium voltage connection.
Heliox charging infrastructure will be compatible with the fleet management system used, which facilitates monitoring of buses and the charging infrastructure in order to enable smart charge management. Also interoperability with multiple bus brands is a crucial part of the requirements set at the start of the tender.
Darmstadt to electrify the whole bus fleet by 2025
Thomas Haasz, project lead at ENTEGA AG Darmstadt explains: “In Darmstadt, our ambitious goal is to reach full electrification of our bus fleet by 2025, with a total of 80 buses”. With the procurement of 28 buses and 28 chargers, we are making the first great landmark towards this goal.”
Bastian Müller, Project Lead at Stadwerke Bonn Verkehrs GmbH says: “Our electrification process stretches to 2030, and entails the substitution of 200 buses. For Bonn, it was important to make it a gradual transition from fossil fuelled to zero emission, to make sure that all stakeholders are part of the process. We are glad that we, and more fellow cities in the counties of Hessen, Baden Württemberg and Rheinland Pfalz, are at the forefront of reducing our ecological footprint”.
Sebastian Winner, Heliox Business Development Manager DACH about winning these projects: “Heliox is pleased that we can contribute to the reduction of emission in Bonn and Darmstadt. First and foremost we would like to thank the Bonn Verkehrs Gmbh (SWB) and ENTEGA AG Darmstadt for granting us the trust and confidence to become part of this venture. We are looking forward to making the implementation work with all partners involved. “