Operators would prefer to make as few changes as possible to the existing infrastructure in the transition from diesel to electric buses. We fully support this. Right from its creation in 2010 Ebusco has been a strong promoter of depot charging.
Our batteries are of such high quality that daytime top-up opportunity charging should not be necessary.
Overnight charging in depots is sufficient, and this also places less demand on the grid in daytime. Needless to say this makes a big difference in costs and it is also better for the battery, as it extends its useful life. Furthermore there is no need to install large charging posts in cities.
This has several advantages:
- No visual pollution
- No permits needed
- Significantly lower costs
- Less maintenance of charging infrastructure
- Cheaper charging during off-peak hours at night
- Reduced bus weight, leading to more passengers on board, lower consumption and less maintenance
- No extra current needed in urban areas
Development of new compact depot charger with CCS plug (2019)
Ebusco has developed a highly compact depot charger, which is scalable to several different power settings (from 60 kW to 120 kW). The chargers can be supplied with a double plug, so that two buses can be charged at the same time. This way one bus can be recharged at the depot relatively quickly (120 kW) during the day, while at night two buses are plugged in to 2 x 60 kW.
These new depot chargers will be in operation in Germany at Stadwerke München from the end of 2019/beginning of 2020.
The universal CCS plug is a standard socket on the charging post, which all other electric vehicles can also plug into. We look to see how the transition from diesel to electric transport can be made as smoothly as possible, and this is the most efficient way.
Ebusco has a clear vision of the ideal conditions to which its electric buses must conform before they take to the road.
It is very important to get the bus on the road at the start of the day at exactly the right temperature so that the battery pack can provide the power needed for that day. Curious about our vision? Then don’t hesitate to contact us; we will be happy to tell you about it.
Why opt for a pantograph?
Ebusco has always focused on developing electric buses without pantograph. We are convinced that the pantograph is on the way out and will eventually disappear altogether. It is expensive to acquire and maintain, it is highly vulnerable and it is expensive, very fragile and spatially difficult to fit. In Germany opportunity charging has already been completely discontinued.