Opportunity chargers from Ekoenergetyka to power Malmö electric buses

The contract for delivery of three 300kW quickPOINT City Chargers between Ekoenergetyka and City of Malmö was signed yesterday. OppCharge-based opportunity chargers, equipped with inverted pantograph, will be deployed in the third largest city in Sweden this fall and will charge electric buses from Volvo. The project is part of Malmö’s drive to become climate neutral by 2020.

The chargers from Ekoenergetyka will be deployed in two neighbourhoods of Malmö – Ön in the south-west will receive one charger and the other two will be deployed in the southern suburb of the city: Svågertorp. They will provide quick energy top-ups via top-down pantographs to 13 Volvo buses that will enter into operation at the end of 2018.

Patrik Widerberg, Head of Planning at Streets and Parks Department of Municipality of Malmö said: “Electric buses are so good because we get cleaner air in the city and it gets calmer and quieter on the streets with electric power. Especially when we also build new bicycle paths with funds from the Swedish National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure. Then it will be even cleaner and quieter.”.

Maciej Wojeński, Vice-President of Ekoenergetyka-Polska, commented: “This will be our third charger deployment in Sweden, but first in Malmö. We are proud to contribute to Malmö’s sustainability drive and its target of becoming a 100% green city by 2020 by enabling the city to introduce cleaner and quieter buses.”.

The devices will be connected to an external monitoring system of Ekoenergetyka gathering data about charging processes in real time, ensuring smooth operating of the charging process. Intreroperability will be assured, as the chargers will follow international charging protocol ISO 15118 defining communication between the chargers and the buses and use the industry-supported OppCharge system for top down charging.

For Maciej Wojeński: “This project will be the first one in which Ekoenergetyka will charge electric buses from Volvo and it will bring a total of electric bus brands that we have charged to over 10. It shows our chargers are interoperable across the board”. And he added: “Giving our clients full flexibility when it comes to charging interfaces, shapes of chargers and their power is one of our priorities. Our chargers can be integrated with both Combo 2 plugs, bus-mounted pantographs and, as we show with this project, also OppCharge top down pantographs.”.

On top of charging stations, Ekoenergetyka-Polska is also responsible for the civil works and the maintenance of the devices. Malmö is a third city in Sweden to choose Ekoenergetyka’s chargers, following in the footsteps of Vasteras and the northern city of Lulea and a confirmation of the company’s commitment to the Scandinavian market.