by Tiana May
20 Sep 2022
Suppliers Kiepe Electric
Alongside the range of electric and hydrogen buses presented at InnoTrans 2022, Kiepe Electric is showcasing its High Power Charging (HPC) platform, which facilitates fast charging and provides built-in energy management for battery-electric buses.
This technology enables electric buses to receive a charging power of up to 800kW, thus allowing them to charge at a significantly faster rate. This combats logistical challenges for operators that require their vehicles to be available 24/7.
Instead of being charged overnight in the depot, vehicles equipped with the HPC platform can rely on high-speed opportunity charging en route, as they can receive enough power to be charged in just a few minutes.
The system is compatible with a variety of charging systems including plug-in chargers, pantograph chargers and wireless ground chargers. The power intake can also be dynamically adapted to suit the operator’s needs and the vehicle’s required charge.
The batteries and battery-monitoring installations are scalable for vehicles of all lengths.
Indeed, the HPC platform is being incorporated into a fleet of 24-metre bi-articulated buses that will enter service in Paris in 2024. These vehicles will be manufactured by Van Hool and will use a conductive ground-based static charging system developed by Alstom.
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