A completely new route will be served by equally new electric buses in Geneva, as a green way of connecting the town’s airport to a new suburb.
The Swiss city will introduce a dozen electric buses to its municipal service following the new contract with Switzerland-based ABB that includes the apparition of a so-called “flash-charging” network. According to Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), the new contract is worth in excess of $16 million and will have ABB – the world’s largest maker of power-transmission gear – jointly working with Switzerland-based bus maker HESS. The contract is the follow-up to a pilot program already run by the country’s second-biggest city. The new buses will serve a new route from Geneva’s airport to the new Praille-Acacias-Vernet suburb, expected to home 11,000 residential units and offices for another 11,000 people.
The line should bring back and forth about 10,000 people a day, and will consist of 13 “flash-charging” stations. Each of them will help the bus recharge for 15 seconds, with the 600-kilowatt infusion (about five times more than Tesla’s Supercharger network) delivering enough energy for the bus to reach the next station. At each end of the line, the buses – on pause for ten minutes – will get a full recharge in just five minutes. The project is expected – upon completion – to lower the carbon dioxide emissions by up to 1,000 tons per year when compared to regular, diesel buses. ABB will also deliver the roof-mounted battery units for energy storage.