ABB’s Innovative Flash-Charging Technology Goes Live

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Published December 7th, 2017 - 06:31 GMT
First e-buses with ABB’s world-record flash-charging technology go into commercial service.
First e-buses with ABB’s world-record flash-charging technology go into commercial service.

ABB’s 20-second flash-charging technology was a hot topic today as two articulated electric buses, the first of their kind in the world, went into service on bus line 23 in Geneva. It takes less than 1 second to connect the bus to the charging point on an overhead high-power charging contact when it pulls into selected stops and tops up its batteries while passengers embark and disembark. The complete fleet of 12 emission-free buses links the airport with the city’s suburbs. Through optimal energy management, the system can save as much as 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide on a line covering 600,000 kilometers per year.

Christian Brunier (CEO SIG), Benoît Revaz (Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Energy), Denis Berdoz (CEO TPG), Luc Barthassat (Geneva's state Transport Councillor), Anne Hornung-Soukup (President TPG), Michèle Künzler (former Geneva's state Transport Councillor), Thierry Lassus (Managing Director ABB Secheron) and Michel Balestra (President SIG) on December 5, 2017 in Geneva

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees. www.abb.com

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ABB

ABB is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB's market-leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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