Berlin paves way for zero-emission bus fleet by 2030
Berlin’s public transportation operator BVG has placed an order for a smart charging solution to help the city reach its goal of a zero-emission bus fleet by 2030.
Hitachi Energy will provide a complete Grid-eMotion Fleet grid-to-plug charging infrastructure solution for the next two bus depots to be converted in the operator’s bus electrification programme.
Hitachi Energy claims its solution offers the smallest footprint for both the connection, as well as low noise emissions and high reliability. These are three key requirements for bus depots in a densely populated urban environment, where space is limited, and flawless charging is vital to ensure buses run on time, the company reports.
The solution comprises a connection to the distribution grid, power distribution and DC charging infrastructure with charging points and smart charging systems. Hitachi Energy will perform the engineering and integrate, install and service the entire solution.
“We feel the urgency and have the pioneering technology and commitment to advance sustainable mobility, thus improving the quality of life of millions of people”
According to Hitachi, the solution has a compact and robust design that requires less equipment than competing infrastructure, which results in a small footprint, lower operating and maintenance costs, as well as higher reliability. Typically, Grid-eMotion Fleet requires 60 per cent less space and 40 per cent less cabling than alternative charging systems; it also provides superior overall system reliability.
“We are delighted to help the City of Berlin in its transition to quiet and emission-free transportation and a sustainable energy future for the people of this iconic capital,” said Niklas Persson, managing director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business.
“We feel the urgency and have the pioneering technology and commitment to advance sustainable mobility, thus improving the quality of life of millions of people.”