Volvo Buses introduced that, on prime of its common charging options, from Autumn 2021, will probably be promoting additionally automobiles with roof-mounted pantograph, often known as panto up, proven on the primary picture above.
At the moment, the Swedish producer provides two potentialities:
- Combo2/CCS inlet for DC quick charging by way of cable on the depot
- OppCharge, for charging by way of a charging station-mounted pantograph (panto down) at bus stops or bus depots. It is generally known as “inverted” pantograph. Volvo Buses was one of many principal pressure behind this answer.
CCS Combo 2 (left) and OppCharge (proper)
The extra answer might be a roof-mounted pantograph (panto up). The panto up and panto down options are the 2 main quick charging normal for buses in Europe, sadly competing with one another. Each are fairly well-liked.
“The Volvo Buses panto up answer is predicated on the very newest expertise from Schunk, that includes such advantages as compact set up and low extra on-board weight. Panto up might be obtainable in its place for the Volvo 7900 Electrical and Volvo 7900 Electrical Articulated in Europe as of autumn 2021.”
Relying on a selected metropolis or transit company, a kind of two options is a young requirement, which most likely compelled Volvo Buses to develop the provide.
Ulf Magnusson, SVP Enterprise Unit Europe at Volvo Buses stated:
“With a versatile vary of options for charging buses, we meet the various calls for and desires of our prospects and pave the best way for faster and simpler transition to electrified bus site visitors,”
No matter how one would spin the story, and that each of these options may need their benefits and downsides, not having a single, continent-wide normal is a bit disappointing. The one constructive factor is that the buses often keep in a selected metropolis their complete life, so the issue of incompatibility is an order of magnitude smaller than within the case of automobiles.