For those who are not quite aware of what ABB group does let us inform you that ABB group provides range of innovative technologies to support mobility applications such as railways, metros and electric buses and vehicles. Apart from serving the transportation and Infrastructure ABB group also supports utilities and industries. Their next strategy is to work on sustainable mobility. This group has been involved heavily with the transportation sector of Switzerland and their technology has actually helped develop and power the recently developed 57 km Gotthard base tunnel which runs through the Alps and also happens to be world’s longest railway tunnel.
Their recent 15 seconds flash charging technology which has been developed by them has actually the potential to transform the fate of urban public transportation system. These first charging stations can actually takes less than 1 second to connect the fully electric busses to the charging station and it can charge upto 600 kilowatts of battery within just 15 seconds. While top fully charge the battery the power station actually takes just 4 to 5 minutes. This new and innovative technology was developed in Switzerland by the ABB engineers.
The ABB group has also received orders to supply total of more than $16 million by Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), Geneva’s public transport operator, and Swiss bus manufacturer HESS, to provide this new innovative flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for 12 TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation) fully electric buses (e-buses) which will run on Line 23, connecting Geneva’s airport with suburban Geneva. These E-buses actually help save an amazing 1000 tonne of carbon dioxide emission which are caused by diesel buses in a year.
Now as part of the TOSA project in Geneva the ABB group will actually deliver and build a total of 13 flash charging stations along the urban bust transit route and also as well three terminal and four depot feeding stations. The bus route carries more than 10,000 passengers daily and the replacement of diesel buses by TOSA e-buses will help in reducing noise as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr. Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO, ABB had even discussed the company’s commitment to work on the latest technology in EV charging when he met the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This actually has been one of the key agendas put forward my Mr. Modi which involves National electric Mobility Mission 2020 and the FAME program (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India). If things go according to plan then ABB’s innovative flash charging technology might play a significant role in this plan.