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ABB expands e-Bus charging portfolio with automated pantograph

ABB has launched of the latest addition to its e-Bus charging portfolio, Panto Up at public transport show UITP 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.

It has been designed to provide a flexible, efficient and fully automated charging solution for larger fleets of electric buses, where limited depot space has driven the decision to select buses with a roof mounted pantograph.

Panto Up, combined with ABB’s sequential charging system for a depot, is a charging concept which enables sequential overnight charging of up to three buses at the same time, with an available power range of 50-150kW per vehicle.

The device also delivers a power range of 150-600kW for ‘opportunity charging’ at end stops of bus lines during the day, providing an ideal solution to ensure zero-emission public transport without impacting normal operations.

Panto Up complements ABB’s e-Bus charging portfolio, which comprises connector charging solutions ranging from a 24kW DC Wallbox at 1000V and the 50kW Terra 54 HV at 1000V to 350kW chargers with liquid cooled cables.

It also includes Panto Down, which is based on OppCharge, an open interface for DC electric bus charging.