Cutting-edge technology for smart charging
Given that by the end of 2020, Madrid will have 93 e-buses running in the city, measures to provide adequate and efficient charging will be needed. Five inductive charging points have already been implemented in the city and the buses to be purchased during 2019 will have the capability of off-board opportunity charging. Thus, the pilot will focus on the following measures:
1) Development of software to monitor and control the power network for charging stations and e-buses, maximizing bus availability and operational efficiency.
2) Purchase and installation of 2 (two) inverted pantographs for opportunity charging with a modular design offering charging power of 150kW, 300kW, 450kW and 600kW, enabling charging times of 3-6 minutes using a low-cost and low-weight interface on the roof of the bus.
These will be the first inverted pantographs installed in the city. Besides increasing the power and thus the speed of each charge, the smart and wireless characteristics of this equipment, will increase the efficiency and safety of the charging process.