HELIOX WINS ORDER FOR CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IN OSLO
Dutch based Heliox has been chosen to supply the fast-charging network for Nobina in Oslo to charge their electric bus fleet of 42 buses which will run in and around Oslo.
The new electric BYD buses will replace the current fleet of diesel buses. Heliox is set to supply 8 Heliox OC 300 kW fast-charging stations to the fleet of 42 BYD all-electric buses in two different bus depots with the Bus-Up system. The Bus-Up solution utilizes a roof-mounted pantograph, an interoperable and open interface for DC electric bus charging. Using a pantograph automates the charging process while maintaining high efficiency and swift charging intervals. Bus-Up includes remote management that ensures high uptime throughout the operation.
All fast chargers carry Heliox’s latest innovation SMART switch to guide the powerful DC to two connected Charge Masts. The extra intelligence enables operator Nobina to charge its electric buses with opportunity chargers in both bus depots. With the SMART switch 2 buses are connected to one charger that automatically switches from the fully charged battery bus to the emptier battery bus. Additionally, Heliox chargers can communicate and connect to any OCPP Backoffice system, which allow for greater visibility and control of infrastructure networks.
Over the next ten years Oslo is planning to run a zero-emission public transport system and we, together with Heliox, are making a big contribution to realize this plan,” said Jan Volsdal, managing director of operator Nobina. Currently, Norway produces 98% renewable electricity, thanks to its geographical location, which has made hydroelectric energy storage and electricity generation a perfect solution for the Nordic countries. The major roll-out of quiet, fossil-free e-buses will start in spring 2019, with the goal of zero emission transportation by 2028. From the summer of 2019 there will be a total of 115 electric buses operating major bus lines in Oslo and surrounding areas. Nobina’s fleet comprises approximately 3,600 buses, 1 million passengers boarding Nobina’s buses every day.