Chargers from Ekoenergetyka to power the northernmost e-bus line in Europe
Ekoenergetyka-Polska signs a contract for a delivery of e-bus opportunity chargers with the city of Lulea, Sweden. The devices are part of city’s bus fleet electrification and will charge electric buses from Finish Linkker Bus.
The e-bus line, of which chargers are a part, is Europe’s northernmost. The chargers from Ekoenergetyka and the five Linkker electric buses are city’s first and are part of a wider strategy to make 75% of Lulea’s public transport fossil-fuel free by 2020.
Equipped with top-down pantographs, the quickPOINT City Chargers by Ekoenergetyka will provide quick top ups during the buses’ daily runs at the end of bus lines. The chargers will be modified to enable their operations despite the extremely low temperatures in the winter in the city. Ekoenergetyka will also deliver an in-house designed charging mast, adapted to specific climate of Lulea and large amounts of snow in the winter.
Deputy CEO of Ekoenergetyka Maciej Wojeński said: “Chargers for extremely cold environments like the one in Lulea need to be robust, as well as frost and humidity resistant. We already have chargers in Finnish city of Tampere adapted to cold climate, but Lulea is 450km more north, and even more severe weather. With this project we show once again that our devices are suitable for any environment.”
With chargers for Lulea Ekoenergetyka continues its expansion in Scandinavia. The company has already deployed chargers in Tampere and Helsinki in Finland, as well as Västerås in Sweden and is preparing a charging device for Oslo.
Maciej Wojeński added: “This is our second charging project in Sweden. It shows that electric buses and cleaner air that they bring about is not only for large cities, but those medium-sized as well – and in any location. As an infrastructure provider we are pleased to be one of the enablers of the shift to zero emission transportation in Lulea.”
Top-down pantograph interface and communication protocol to be used by quickPOINT City Chargers in the project were defined by industry-led consortium OppCharge, of which Ekoenergetyka is part. Common interface and compatibility with international DC charging communication standards of the devices mean that any bus that is also compatible with the standards can be charged with them.