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Oslo begins Solaris and BYD electric bus pilot for two years, Norway [free access]

January 1, 2018

The city of Oslo has begun an e-bus pilot project, which involves operations of electric buses on regular bus routes for a period of two years at a total investment of NOK43 million. Norgesbuss, Unibuss and Nobina will operate the electric buses.

 

Nobina is operating two 18-metre long electric articulated buses, supplied by China-based BYD. The buses will be operated on Lines 31 and 31E, Norway’s highest ridership bus lines, with a daily passenger traffic of 50,000 passengers and annual passenger traffic of 15 million passengers. Lines 31 and 31E connect Grorud/Tonsenhagen and Snarøya, covering a distance between 17 km and 24 km. Each bus has a battery capacity of 307 kWh and expected range of 180-230 km. It is charged with 80 kW at the Jernkroken/Iron Cross bus station.

 

Norgesbuss is operating two 12-metre long electric buses, supplied by Solaris. The buses are operated on Line 60, which spans 12 km from Vippetangen to Tonsenhagen. Each bus has a battery capacity of 125 kWh and an expected range of 55-95 km. The charging takes place at the Vippetangen terminus. Eko Energetyka has supplied 400-kW fast charging infrastructure and Schunk has provided a roof-mounted pantograph, which allows charging of buses in 6 -10 minutes.

 

Unibuss is operating two 12-metre long electric buses, supplied by Solaris. The buses are operated on Line 74, which spans 15 km from Mortensrud T to Vika. Each bus has a battery capacity of 75 kWh and an expected range of 45-65 km. Siemens has supplied a 300-kW inverted pantograph for fast charging of buses at the Mortensrud terminus. The buses are charged in 5-8 minutes. Another charging facility is planned to be installed at the Vika terminus.

 

(1 NOK [Norwegian Krone] = 0.12 USD)