The question of widespread electric vehicle uptake is no longer a matter of “if” but rather of “how soon”. For cities, this means electric bus fleets. For industries, electric semis and freight transport. And for the public, electric personal vehicles. However, the current state of charging infrastructure is inadequate to satisfy demand and enable the growth of this new transportation era. Investment in novel and lasting electrical solutions has never been more urgent.
eMobility impact : How the industry is shaping the future of urban transport
Hitachi Energy "flash-charging" buses go live in Geneva
The city of Geneva, Switzerland undertook an ambitious project to electrify their public bus fleet. Their vendor, Tosa, needed a charging solution that was convenient, reliable, and guaranteed minimal downtime. By incorporating Hitachi Energy’s 20-second flash-charging technology in their design, buses connect to an overhead high-power charging contact during stops. This allows the bus to charge while passengers enter and exit, with no interruption to normal routes.
Powering the future of public transport
- Digitalize operations
- Optimize energy
- Charge everywhere
The charging infrastructure of tomorrow must respond to the complex needs of large-scale providers. Because transportation networks grow organically as ridership increases, electrical solutions must be scalable. For agility, solutions must be modular. And to accommodate the unique geographical realities of each city, they must be customizable.
eBuses and metros need to be equipped to handle higher passenger loads and the modern public’s demand for fluid operations and zero downtime. To achieve this, operators are seeking technology that lets them automate and control routes in a more reliable way, with a focus on asset and management work solutions.
Gain a 360-degree view of your system
Operators need a single, unified view of the electrical system powering their network of vehicles. This includes charging infrastructure as well as the vehicles in motion. With advanced SCADA tools custom-designed for public EV fleets, you can monitor and manage all assets in real-time, and take knowledgeable actions to ensure operational integrity.
Reduce maintenance costs by 10-15%
Advanced diagnostics allow you to address equipment deficiencies in a timely and preemptive fashion. It alerts you to probable failures at discrete system nodes in advance. Condition-based maintenance enables constant monitoring of your assets and informs you when and where you need to take action on upgrades and repairs.
Manage energy intelligently
The energy lifecycle of a vehicle fleet in an urban environment is complex. Innumerable and dynamic factors like user demand and traffic conditions all impact when and how much energy a vehicle consumes. By adopting an energy management system, you can optimize your fleet size and reduce the environmental footprint across your network.
Establish a reliable communication foundation
Urban public transportation networks consist of thousands of moving parts interacting with chaotic and unpredictable real-world conditions. This involves security risks and potential interruptions to mission-critical communication. Multi-service technology ensures reliable, secure, and manageable communication for all network actors.
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