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ABB, Nova Bus collaborate on electric transportation


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Nova Bus will collaborate to help deliver the first ABB electric bus opportunity charger in North America.

ABB Nova bus charger

Photo courtesy of Anna Rehnberg.

Nova Bus is collaborating with ABB on the development and delivery of the first ABB electric bus opportunity charger in North America.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Volvo Buses, it represents a major step in the advancement of electric buses in public transit in North America and it will be the first ABB electric bus opportunity charging station in the Americas,” explains Derek Monk, General Manager, ABB in Canada.

ABB already has opportunity charging systems for e-buses in operation in Europe and with the collaboration will now add North America as reference for the DC fast charger.

The order from Nova Bus comprises one (1) complete 300 kW modular common interface charging system with inverted pantograph technology and commissioning from the new ABB Campus in Montréal.


The ABB DC fast charger, with the associated systems, is based on the common interface, which allows charging stations and electrified buses from different manufacturers to be used together and only takes three to four minutes to charge the batteries at the charging station. Electric bus systems based on the OppCharge interface is being implemented in more than 12 countries.

Throughout the year, a demo e-bus and charging infrastructure from Nova Bus will travel across the USA to encourage the electrification of urban transit.


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