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Electric bus system inaugurated in Luxembourg

An OppCharge electric bus system with 12 Volvo electric hybrid buses and charging infrastructure supplied by ABB was inaugurated yesterday in Bertrange, commuter town in south-west of Luxembourg.

The bus system with Volvo hybrid electric buses, ABB fast charging infrastructure and substation has been delivered to the local authority Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure (MDDI) of Luxembourg. The charging station and bus stop have been constructed by ABB and the national road administration (Administration des Ponts et Chausseés).  The plug-in hybrid electric buses will be recharged and used by bus operator Sales-Lentz.


Volvo’s electric hybrid buses and ABB’s fast chargers are based on the open interface OppCharge, which means that buses from other manufactures can also be charged at the same stations. The charging station has been installed at the railway station of Bertrange and will fully charge Volvo hybrid electric buses with 150kW of charging power in three to six minutes, during the layover times at the bus route’s end point.

Luxembourg was one of the first countries in Europe to implement buses with hybrid technology. In 2009, the first Volvo hybrids were delivered. Today 41 Volvo 7900 Hybrids operate in Luxemburg. Sales-Lentz, the leading bus operator in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, will be the first customer for Volvo full electric buses with start of operation in May 2017.


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