On April 5-6, Hannover Messe drew nearly 220,000 visitors from around the world, all looking for the latest innovations in industrial technology. The visitors were transported around the site on a new emission-free hybrid shuttle bus, powered by ABB’s high-power chargers. The vehicle was supplied by Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe (GV) and is part of the fleet of Üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG (ÜSTRA).

The high-power 300PD bus charger delivers 300kW of charging power and can recharge a battery in three to six minutes. It is based on OppCharge, a concept for electric bus charging with direct current using a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure for end point charging. This allows buses to be charged at the end of the line, without impacting on the normal operation of the route.

The Hannover Messe project comes a year after ABB was commissioned to supply its high-power 200P chargers to charge the city of Goettingen’s public bus transport system, which uses three Volvo electric hybrid buses to transport more than 50,000 passengers every day.