ABB Supports Singapore’s Autonomous Electric Bus Project

ABB is underlining its role in sustainable global transport solutions with a new project with Volvo Buses for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. ABB will provide its Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) 300P for the forthcoming project to deliver two autonomous driving electric buses for the island by the beginning of 2019.

The HVC 300P fast charging system delivers 300 kW DC power and will recharge a battery in three to six minutes. It is based on OppCharge, an open interface for DC electric bus charging, which is now being used in Singapore and Asia Pacific. Using a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure for end-point charging, it allows buses to be charged at the end of the line, without impacting on the normal operation of the route.

The system will charge two all-electric 12m Volvo 7900 electric buses and Volvo and NTU will build the autonomous driving solution on Volvo’s platform. This is Volvo’s first autonomous application in public transportation, following success in autonomous technology in mining, quarry and refuse collection operations.

One of the autonomous electric buses will be used at the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (CETRAN) – Singapore’s advanced new test facility – where researchers will test new functions and study how the bus interacts with other road-users. The second bus will be used for tests in the bus depot, in partnership with SMRT. The aim of the project is to enable tomorrow’s autonomous buses to charge their batteries, drive to the vehicle wash and park – entirely autonomously.

Nanyang Technological University estimates that electric vehicles could make up as much as 50% of Singapore’s motor population by 2050 and we are proud to be helping make this vision become a reality.

ABB is due to deliver the first of two HVC 300P fast chargers towards the end of 2018, when the cooperative venture between Volvo Buses and NTU gets underway. The autonomous electric buses will be delivered in early 2019.

This comes after ABB announced the title sponsorship of the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series. ABB has teamed up with Formula E, the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series, as part of its continuous drive to promote sustainable mobility.

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