With the goal of having a zero-emission bus fleet by 2030, the German city of Berlin will incorporate a smart charging solution from Hitachi Energy
Santiago de Chile.- Hitachi Energy has been awarded an order from Berliner Verkehrsbe-triebe (BVG), Germany’s largest municipal public transport company, to supply its Grid-eMotion™Fleet smart charging infrastructure to help BVG transition to sustainable mobility in Berlin , the capital of the country.
Hitachi Energy will provide a complete grid-to-plug charging infrastructure solution from Grid-eMotion Fleet for the next two bus depots that will be part of the electrification program. Hitachi Energy’s solution offers the smallest footprint for both connections, as well as low noise emissions and high reliability: three key requirements for bus depots in a densely populated urban environment, where space is limited and seamless charging is vital to ensure buses run on time.
The solution comprises a connection to the power distribution network and DC charging infrastructure with charging points and smart charging systems. Hitachi Energy will do the engineering and integrate, install and service. The technology has a compact and robust design that requires less equipment than competitive infrastructure, resulting in a small footprint, lower operation and maintenance costs, and higher reliability. Grid-eMotion Fleet typically requires 60 percent less space and 40 percent less wiring 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, emission-free transport and a sustainable energy future for the people of this iconic capital,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy Grid Integration Business. “We feel the urgency and we have the pioneering technology and the commitment to advance sustainable mobility, thus improving the quality of life of millions of people.”
BVG operates Germany’s largest city bus fleet of around 1,500 vehicles, its goal is to be fully electric and emission-free by 2030. This requires the installation of charging infrastructure in its large network of bus depots.