Volvo Buses and Heliox have inaugurated a charging station for electric buses based on the common OppCharge interface. OppCharge allows electrified buses and charging stations from different manufacturers to be used together. The aim is to facilitate the introduction of electric bus systems in cities the world over. This latest is Heliox’s 20th charging station for electric buses in Scandinavia. It is located at the Volvo Group R&D premises in Gothenburg. Its installation is a joint reference project between Volvo Buses and Heliox, supporting cooperation on the development and commercialisation of electric buses and electric hybrid buses equipped with systems for DC opportunity charging, using open standards. With the new charging station, Volvo is demonstrating that the company’s electric buses are compatible with chargers from several different manufacturers.
OppCharge is now being implemented as a common interface in more than 12 countries. Heliox charging systems can currently charge up to 450kW and in the near future it will be possible to charge 600kW. Volvo and Heliox are to deliver to their first joint customer in May this year, with electric buses and chargers going to Luxembourg. Dutch company Heliox provides fast charge systems within public transport, mining and port equipment.