Swiss city partners with ABB on e-infrastructure development

In Switzerland, the city of Davos kickstarted a pilot of electric vehicle infrastructure, buses and cars developed by ABB.

Davos city and ABB signed a long-term partnership to develop e-infrastructure for public and private transportation. The pilot started last week during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting held from the 23rd to the 26th.

ABB used its new electric TOSA bus and cars to transport WEF guests and Davos residents.

Eight ABB ultra-fast EV charging stations have been installed to charge the bus in just 20 seconds as passengers embark or board.

ABB’s 50 kW DC EV chargers support the CCS, CHAdeMO and simultaneous 22 kW AC charging standards.

This is the first time the TOSA technology, developed in Switzerland, has been tested in the Alpine region.

The technology was developed in partnership with Transport Publics Genevois, the Office de Promotion of Industries et des Technologies, the Services Industriels de Genève and bus manufacturer Carrosserie HESS.

ABB is aiming to gain insights on the performance of the TOSA technology in extreme winter conditions.

Electric vehicle infrastructure development

The technology has to date been implemented in Geneva and is set to be expanded to the French city of Nantes.

In Geneva, ABB claims the TOSA buses will reduce carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes per annum. In Singapore, ABB will provide its Heavy Vehicle Chargers 300P for the forthcoming project to deliver two autonomous driving electric buses for the island by the beginning of 2019. Read more…

The pilot is part of efforts by the city of Davos and ABB to increase the development of sustainable transportation technologies and infrastructure under efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the transport industry.

Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO at ABB, said: “The shift to electric vehicles is no longer a question of if, but rather of when and how quickly.

“EVs are becoming increasingly attractive to motorists. As well as being ecologically responsible, they’re becoming less expensive to buy and maintain.”

The pilots follows the technology receiving the Watt d’Or 2018 in the energy efficient mobility category from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.