First Ultrafast-Charging Electric Buses
Two ultrafast-charging electric buses that started operation in October 2018 now serve passengers
travelling from Ostrava-Svinov to the Klimkovice Sanatorium. The vehicles were manufactured by
Ekova Electric, which also provided the Public Transport Company of Ostrava (Dopravní podnik
Ostrava) with a unique charging infrastructure in the method of opportunity charging, the first of its
kind in the Czech Republic.
The new charging station (including a charging stand with
450 kW capacity and 460-800V DC output) was built
under the Svinov Bridge. The technologies were supplied
by the Dutch company Heliox, one of the world leaders
in fast charging systems in public transport.
of the infrastructure of the station rather than the vehicles,
minimizes the weight of the electric bus, allowing for
a greater number of passengers. Low-floor buses Ekova
Electron have a capacity of 86 passengers with two places
for wheelchairs and/or strollers.
Electric buses take only 300 seconds to recharge at the
station and get ready for another hour of operation. This
very short recharging time allows 24/7 operation all
year long. Recharging is automatic, starting immediately
upon arrival at the charging station when a pantograph
of the charging stand sinks in the slots on top of the
electric bus. The charging consoles, a fixed component
“Opportunity charging is an open recharging system,
which means that any vehicle by various companies may
use the charging station in Ostrava as long as they comply
with its parameters. Interoperability is supported by an
increasing number of manufacturers of electric buses
and charging stations,” says Jiří Martiník, COO of Ekova
Ekova Electric a.s.
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