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Opbrid Busbaar helps Volvo Reduce Fuel by 81 percent PDF Imprimir Correo electrónico
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11/13/2013

Volvo Buses’ plug-in hybrid reduces fuel consumption by 81%

by Press release

Fuel consumption is reduced by over 80% and the total energy consumption by over 60%. The results of the field tests being conducted in Gothenburg show that Volvo Buses' plug-in hybrid more than meets expectations.

“Our performance results are even slightly better than we had anticipated. The plug-in hybrid consumes less than 11 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres. That's 81% less fuel than the equivalent diesel bus consumes,” says Johan Hellsing, who is the Project Manager for the field test at Volvo Buses.

Moreover, the figures for the overall energy consumption, including both diesel and electricity, have exceeded the target. Here, the plug-in hybrid gives an energy saving of 61%, compared to a corresponding diesel bus Euro 5.

The field test in Gothenburg began in June 2013 and includes three plug-in hybrid buses, whose batteries are recharged at the terminals. This makes it possible for the buses to run on electric power for most of the route.

In addition to the significant energy savings and reduced impact on the environment, this technology gives passengers a more comfortable and pleasant journey and improves the working environment of the drivers.

“Although there are many long, steep gradients on the routes, the plug-in hybrid buses can run on electric power for about 85% percent of the time. The diesel engine only kicks in when the bus needs some extra power”, Johan Hellsing comments. “The test drivers from GS Buss really appreciate the quiet, vibration-free ride that you get with an electric powered bus.”

Hanna Björk, who works as an Environmental Strategist at Västtrafik says, “The results show that the plug-in hybrid can help us to achieve our ambitious environmental goals, particularly concerning the reduction of emissions and noise.”

The field test of the plug-in hybrid buses in Gothenburg involves 10,000 operating hours and will continue for most of next year. A demo project that will bring eight more plug-in hybrid buses into service will commence next year in Stockholm.

A number of European cities are showing a keen interest in the plug-in hybrids. Hamburg and Luxembourg have already signed contracts for supplies of the buses in 2014 and 2015. Volvo Buses is working together with the city councils, public transport authorities and providers to develop long-term sustainable solutions for public transport. Volvo Buses plans to commence commercial manufacture of plug-in hybrids towards the end of 2015.

Those engaged in the plug-in hybrid project in Gothenburg are Volvo Buses, Göteborg Energi, Business Region Göteborg, Trafikkontoret and Västtrafik. The project is co-financed by Life+, the EU's financing programme for environmental projects. 

Volvo’s plug-in hybrid bus:

  • The bus is fitted with an electric motor which is powered by a lithium battery. It also has a small diesel engine.
  • The bus is recharged from the mains power supply via an energy storage unit mounted on the roof. It takes 5 or 6 minutes to recharge.
  • The bus can run exclusively on electric power for approximately 7 kilometres - without any noise or emissions.

 

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Última actualización el Viernes 24 de Enero de 2014 20:24
 
US President Barack Obama shows interest in the Volvo Group innovative hybrid solution PDF Imprimir Correo electrónico
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by Volvo Group Newsdesk

During a state visit to Sweden US President Barack Obama met with the Volvo Group President and CEO Olof Persson and showed interest in the hybrid driveline developed by the Volvo Group.

On September 4, US President Barack Obama visited Sweden. One part of his program was a visit to the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where new and innovative energy solutions were shown.

As one of three exhibitors the Volvo Group showed the US President the world's first electric plug-in hybrid parallel driveline for heavy bus application. The driveline from Volvo Buses is world-leading in fuel efficiency and reduces fuel consumption and emissions with up to 80% compared to a traditional diesel bus.

The President turned out to be very interested in new and energy efficient transport solutions and wondered how the Volvo Group viewed the possibilities to turn green solutions into business. The President also asked many questions about the technology used in the driveline and expressed an optimistic view on the development of batteries.

- We wanted to show the President how we will take bus transportation into the 21st century in a sustainable fashion. This technology has been developed by the Volvo Group and is already used in daily traffic in Gothenburg where we have created the most modern and innovative bus operation in the world, says Olof Persson, President and CEO of the Volvo Group.

- Our vision is to be the world leader in sustainable transport solutions and we are happy to share our know-how in order to contribute to a positive trend in society. By utilizing this technology in close cooperation with city planners and high tech companies as well as universities, we will create a truly sustainable public transport system, says Olof Persson.

The Volvo Group have production and research facilities in five US states and 12.500 employees in the US. - See more at: http://www.volvogroup.com/group/global/en-gb/newsmedia/corpnews/_layouts/cwp.internet.volvocom/newsitem.aspx?news.itemid=144400&news.language=en-gb?print=yes#sthash.RAtbeENu.dpuf

Última actualización el Martes 10 de Septiembre de 2013 17:11
 
Opbrid Bůsbaar Begins Charging Volvo Plug-In Hybrid Buses in Gothenburg, Sweden PDF Imprimir Correo electrónico
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The first charge of the new Volvo 7900 Plug-In Hybrid bus has just been completed successfully at Redbergsplatsen in downtown Gothenburg. The Opbrid Bůsbaar Ultra-fast charging station installed at each end of the #60 bus route supplies electricity to the new Volvo Plug-in Hybrid Bus to enable quiet, emission-free electric-only driving for the majority of the route.

Opbrid Busbaar in Downtown Gothenburg

Volvo Plug-in Hybrid at Busbaar in Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden (PRWEB) May 14, 2013

Göteborg Energi, the electricity provider for the City of Gothenburg, today shows for the first time its new Opbrid Busbaar charging station installed at Redbergsplatsen. The Opbrid Busbaar charging station will charge three new Volvo 7900 Plug-In Hybrid buses for 5-8 minutes at each end of the #60 bus line.

These new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses run completely silently and emissions-free for the majority of the route. Göteborg Energi will supply renewable electricity from its nearby wind turbines to power the buses, with the result being an exciting new form of sustainable transportation.

“Right now, the normal Volvo hybrid buses turn off their motor at a bus stop, then the diesel roars back to life after only a few seconds of driving. In contrast, the new Plug-in hybrid bus continues on silently on electricity for most of the route. It really is a dramatic difference,” says Roger Bedell, CEO, Opbrid SL.

The HyperBus project is funded partly by the EU Life+ Innovation program, as well as with contributions from Business Region Göteborg, Göteborg Energi, City of Göteborg Traffic & Public Transport Authority, Volvo Buses and the public transport company Västtrafik.

“Our being able to drastically reduce exhaust fumes and noise is important for everyone who lives, works and plays here." says Birgitta Hellgren, Traffic Director, City of Gothenburg Traffic & Public Transport Authority.

The Volvo Plug-In Hybrid is based on the world leading Volvo 7900 Hybrid bus, but with the addition of a larger, energy optimized battery and ultra-fast charging capability. An Opbrid Bůsbaar charging station is located at each end of the bus route which fast charges the bus for a few minutes at the end of each trip. This extends the all-electric range of the Volvo hybrid bus to a predicted 60% or more of the route.

The plug-in hybrid buses will use renewable electricity as their primary power source and diesel for supplementary power. Plug-in technology allows the buses to be charged with grid electricity through connection to the Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast charging station.

“We calculate that it only takes about 10 revolutions of one of our large wind turbines to power the bus from one end of the route to the other,” says Fredrik Persson, HyperBus project leader for Göteborg Energi.

About Opbrid

The Opbrid Bůsbaar is a brand of Opbrid S.L., based in Granada, Spain that is focused on providing ultra fast bus charging stations in Europe and worldwide. We believe that the ultra fast charge plug-in concept will revolutionize the urban bus, changing it from a loud, polluting, CO2 emitting vehicle into clean, quiet, sustainable transportation. For more information on the Opbrid Bůsbaar and fast charged plug-in buses in general, visit http://www.opbrid.com or phone +34 626 855 662.

Última actualización el Jueves 16 de Mayo de 2013 15:35
 
Opbrid Bůsbaar Ultra-fast Bus Charging Station Chosen for Gothenburg's HyperBus Project PDF Imprimir Correo electrónico
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Göteborg Energi will install two ultra-fast Opbrid Bůsbaar charging stations in Gothenburg, Sweden which will charge 3 Volvo plug-in hybrid buses in the HyperBus project: http://www.hyperbus.se . The new plug-in hybrid from Volvo Buses is a further development of the Volvo 7900 Hybrid already available on the market. This new Volvo bus requires only a short recharging time of 5 to 8 minutes to enable it to run on battery power alone for most of its route. The Opbrid Bůsbaar installed at each end of the #60 bus route provides enough electricity to deliver 60% overall fuel savings, with zero emissions and silent operation in the city center.

Gothenburg, Sweden (PRWEB) July 03, 2012

Today, Göteborg Energi, the electricity provider for the City of Gothenburg, awarded a contract to Opbrid SL (Granada, Spain) to provide two Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for the HyperBus demonstration project in Gothenburg City. This project will consist of three new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses running in traffic and charging for 5-8 minutes at each end of the #60 bus line.

The HyperBus project is funded partly by the EU Life+ Innovation program, as well as with contributions from Business Region Göteborg, Göteborg Energi, City of Göteborg Traffic & Public Transport Authority, Volvo Buses and the public transport company Västtrafik.

These new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses have great advantages. Energy consumption will be reduced by 60 percent and emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by a huge 75 percent compared to conventional diesel buses. And because the plug-in hybrid runs on battery power for the major part of its route, it is much quieter than any comparable public transportation system.

“Our being able to drastically reduce exhaust fumes and noise is important for everyone who lives, works and plays here." says Birgitta Hellgren, Traffic Director, City of Gothenburg Traffic & Public Transport Authority.
“We will buy the electricity for the buses from local wind farms as we want to establish a clear connection between renewable energy and electric vehicles right from the beginning," says Göran Dalman, pro tem CEO at Göteborg Energi.“

This plug-In hybrid is based on the existing Volvo 7900 hybrid bus design, but with the addition of a larger, energy optimized battery and the ability to connect to the Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast charging station. It combines the no-emission benefits of an electric bus with the reliability of a diesel bus. The Opbrid Bůsbaar charging station is located at each end of the bus route and fast charges the bus for a few minutes at the end of each trip. This extends the all-electric range of the hybrid bus to a predicted 75% or more of the route. And, since this is a hybrid bus that can also run on diesel, the bus can continue in case of brown-outs, traffic jams, or even fill-in on a route without chargers.

The Hyper Bus project began on September 1, 2011 and will run until 2014. It can be divided into four sub-areas: demonstration of plug-in technology for hybrid buses, rapid-charge stations, tests in real city environments on existing bus routes and the publication of results and experiences from the project.

The plug-in hybrid buses will use electricity as their primary power source and diesel for supplementary power. Plug-in technology allows the buses to be charged with external power using the Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast charging station.

 
The Arctic Whisper Goes into Passenger Service Only 11 Months After Project Start PDF Imprimir Correo electrónico
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The World's first fast charged hybrid buses are now in public service in Umea, Sweden. The Arctic Whisper's hybrid bus batteries are fast charged by the Opbrid Bůsbaar for 10 minutes at the end of its route to achieve nearly 100% all-electric operation but with the reliability of diesel.

Umeå, Sweden (PRWEB) November 26, 2011

Today, Hybricon AB and Umeå Municipality took the next step in the development of the Arctic Whisper super fast rechargeable hybrid electric buses. A bus has been placed in service running on Umeå's busiest line. The first public installation of the Opbrid Bůsbaar charging station was inaugurated with a ribbon cutting by Umea Municipality representatives. The Arctic Whisper is the first in a fleet of affordable, sustainable, low carbon urban buses for Umea City.

The development of Umeå's super fast rechargeable electric buses began December 13, 2010 when the municipality of Umea decided to invest in an early development stage project with Hybricon AB (Sweden), E-Traction NV (Holland) and Opbrid SL (Spain). This included the development of a charging station and two super-fast rechargeable electric hybrid buses. The first bus was delivered in only 6 weeks for initial winter testing. The charging system went live in mid-summer, and today, just 11 months after the project commenced, public operation has begun with line 1 from Umedalen to the center of town

Hybricon's Arctic Whisper system for electrically powered city bus service has attracted a great deal of attention in the bus world. In early October, the industry confirmed Umea Municipality's investment in electric city buses when Hybricon won the prestigious Elmia Future Transport Award for the project. Now, there are a range of stakeholders in line to get started with the electrification of their bus lines in many other cities around Sweden.

Hybricon achieved this incredibly rapid progress from concept to public service by mating the Opbrid Bůsbaar fast charging station to two existing e-Traction hybrid buses, and adding additional lithium batteries for fast charging. This relatively simple process converted these hybrid buses to 100% electrical operation with the reliability of the on-board hybrid diesel backup generator. If there are ever issues due to traffic, weather, or a blackout, the bus can always revert to hybrid mode and continue on diesel temporarily.

Hybricons’ Arctic Whisper Advantages:

Electric power gives very low operating costs compared to diesel, 15 SEK vs 55 SEK for 10 km
No fossil fuel burning
No harmful emissions
No CO2 since Swedish electricity is essentially carbon free
No engine noise
Small infrastructure; An easily installed, ultra fast, automatic battery charging station at the end of the route
Diesel or biofuel backup generator for reliability in all conditions
e-Traction wheel motors with only two moving parts
Relatively small batteries for low weight and more room inside the bus

The Bůsbaar charging station from the Spanish company Opbrid SL has been installed at the end of the line in Umedalen. Each time the bus reaches the end of the line, it stops under the Bůsbaar, charges for a few minutes, and then resumes running using only electricity. The driver never has to get out, which is very important in Northern Sweden during the winter!

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Última actualización el Lunes 28 de Noviembre de 2011 12:16
 
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