Basel selects ABB for city-wide e-bus rollout

by Sion Geschwindt
Basel, Switzerland, selects ABB to supply the necessary electrification and charging solutions for the City’s e-bus transition.

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB) has chosen ABB to supply the necessary electrification and charging solutions for Basel’s e-bus transition, one of Switzerland’s largest infrastructure projects.

Basel Public Transport (BVB) aims to convert its entire bus fleet to electrically powered buses to meet the legal requirement that all public transport in the city must be powered 100% by renewable energy by 2027.  

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According to the agreement, ABB will supply Basel buses with the suitable hardware for charging and grid connection as well as the software for managing the infrastructure.

It will also provide service and maintenance of this equipment.

Patrick Wellnitz, senior advisor for Mobility at IWB, said: “ABB convinced us with its significant expertise and experience.

“Even for us at IWB as experts in the field of e-mobility, such a major project does not happen every day, so we are delighted to be working on this together with ABB.”

Initially, depot charging will take place overnight in two temporary facilities, after which the Rank depot will be equipped with charging stations.

In addition, along longer bus routes, two terminal stops will initially receive 450 kW fast chargers.

Frank Muehlon, president of ABB’s E-Mobility division, said: “The technologies for the emission-free transport of the future already exist – now it’s a matter of putting them to work.”

Muehlon’s colleague, Daniel Müller, head of ABB’s Electrification Business Area in Switzerland, added: “We are convinced that this will serve as a role model in the tri-border region of Switzerland-Germany-France and beyond, again demonstrating the opportunities and advantages of clean, quiet, and flexible electric mobility.”

Image: Rendition of e-bus charging depot. Credit: ABB


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