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29th of November 2019: Today marks a new era for the concession Groningen/Drenthe. 164 full electric buses will be operational : 45 Citea’s from VDL Bus & Coach, 59  Q-link from Heuliez and 60 Ebusco 2.2 buses. This is, to date,  the largest introduction of electric buses in one go. Heliox’s charging infrastructure will be the backbone of the buses driving round.

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As a result of a successful cooperation with all partners involved, the charging infrastructure has been put into place. The installation work included a vast majority of construction work. Platforms had to be adjusted, transformer stations to be constructed, extensive cabling and the construction of the charging poles had to be installed. 

Apart from the size of the bus fleet and the turnkey aspect of this project, this go-live demonstrates more achievements:

The largest implementation in size : 21 charging locations in total

In total 15 new charging locations have been added to the two existing ones. 23 new opportunity charging (300 & 450kW) and 4 depot charging locations in Groningen, Emmen and Assen have been created.

 

Largest regional network of e-buses in the Netherlands

The network of e-buses cover public transport in the city of Groningen, but also takes care of regional transit. This means that buses that drive on regional lines at larger distances, are enabled to charge at intermediary stops with opportunity charging. 

 

Interoperability between charging interface and 3 different bus brands

In this concession, the decision was made to go for two different kinds of interfaces: depot charging via CCS and opportunity charging via pantograph (Bus-Up system). Interoperability between multiple bus brands was therefore a key requirement for Heliox’s charging infrastructure. Being able to comply, assures optimal charging times and maximum availability of the entire e-fleet. As a result Heuliez and VDL buses are being charged via pantograph, Ebusco and VDL via CCS.

 “Heliox is proud to be part of yet another project which changes the charging infrastructure landscape in the Netherlands,”  says Koen van Haperen, CCO of Heliox. “As Qbuzz stated earlier, with inauguration of this project, CO2 emissions with regards to public transport will be reduced by 90% (in comparison to the current concession). Heliox is delighted to be able to contribute to the zero-emission goals in public transport in the northern part of the Netherlands.”

Gerrit Spijksma, CEO of Qbuzz adds; “Heliox and other partners, have played an important role in meeting the deadline and making the concession go-live. The flexibility of all partners involved within the relative short time- span, is a great accomplishment”.

Heliox is further pushing the limits of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future for next generations.

 

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