More And More Electric Buses In Public Transport – Heliox To Install Over 140 Charging Points In Northern Germany By Early 2023
Heliox, the European market leader for fast charging systems for passenger and freight transport, is installing modern charging points for Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) and Stadtverkehr Lübeck, thus driving forward the shift towards climate-neutral public transport.
“We are very pleased to implement these major projects from VHH and Stadtverkehr Lübeck, to electrify their fleets. It shows that customers across Europe trust Heliox's charging solutions. The cooperation at the depots works smoothly, and we are proud to drive the expansion of electric public transport in Hamburg and Lübeck.”
The VHH bus depot in Schenefeld is being fitted for the future, and 64 charging points will enable e-mobility for western Hamburg and the Pinneberg district in the future.
Work began at the end of 2021. In June 2022, the first 32 Flex 180 fast chargers were commissioned. Heliox is handling the installation and ensuring that the charging stations work smoothly with all e-bus suppliers. This summer, the second phase of construction will also start, so that by the end of the year, 64 fast chargers will be charging the electric buses. The project will use ceiling-mounted charging points, allowing space-saving installation. The chargers themselves will be installed in a separate technical center, using a modern fire protection system with flue gas probes.
In the future, more electric buses will also run in the eastern part of the Hanseatic city. In the fall of 2022, 41 ‘Flex 180’ fast chargers from Heliox will be installed, which feature high efficiency and high effectiveness.
“The cooperation with Heliox is extremely professional and solution-oriented. The new charging options will enable us to reliably increase the number of electric buses and thus not only be more climate-friendly, but also create a quiet and modern cityscape in Hamburg and the Pinneberg district in Schleswig-Holstein.”
Stadtverkehr Lübeck has set itself the goal of operating at least 70% of its bus fleet electrically by 2030. By the end of 2023, 62 buses out of 170 will already be on the road local emission-free. To drive these transformations, Heliox, as general contractor, has been contracted to expand the number of existing charging points by 40 devices.
“Despite a tight schedule, Heliox enables us to quickly implement our project with particular requirements, so that we are one step closer to being able to operate more than 70% of buses electrically by 2030. The modular and space-saving design also has the advantage that the modules can be easily integrated into our existing buildings.”
Priority is given to safety during the charging process. A special fire protection concept is implemented in the VHH depots, where all power modules are equipped with smoke aspiration systems. They have a smoke probe connected to a central fire alarm system.
As a standard, Heliox chargers are already equipped with temperature sensors to reduce the charging power, or switch off the charger completely if the temperature gets too high. This prevents critical situations in advance. In addition, a smoke detection system in the chargers detects potential smoke development and reports it to a central fire alarm system.
The chargers are also equipped with special shutdown technology to prevent short-circuiting in the event of a power failure.
This article was originally published by Heliox Energy.
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