Oct 21

ViriCiti and Qbuzz kick off world’s largest Smart Charging implementation in public transport

ViriCiti optimizes the charging process for Dutch operator Qbuzz across 163 charger connectors, through which flows an average of 14.4 MWh per day * 

Context

Qbuzz is a public transport operator in the Netherlands active in Utrecht, Drenthe and Groningen. It was founded in 2008 and it currently has over 2100 employees. Its mixed fleet consists of 782 vehicles. Due to their continuous efforts for more efficient and sustainable transport, their electric fleet increased considerably in the past years.

Challenges

  • Complex charging process, high costs: More electric buses means more attention needs to be paid to the charging process in order to avoid high charging costs, power peaks and time-of-use energy tariffs.
Photo: Jan Oosterhuis / Wikipedia

Solution

Qbuzz chose to implement ViriCiti’s Smart Charging solution to manage their complex charging process. Therefore, in October 2020, ViriCiti started rolling out the largest Smart Charging implementation in the public transportation sector (potentially outside of China) for Qbuzz. In total, 163 charger connectors (plugin & pantograph) managed by Qbuzz are connected to the ViriCiti dashboard. Smart Charging is rolled out for Heliox and ABB chargers.

Results

  • Advanced management of 24.04 MW: With ViriCiti’s Smart Charging solution, Qbuzz is able to manage chargers amounting to a total installed capacity of 24.04 MW, making use of advanced functionalities such as load balancing, scheduled load balancing, and remote start for preconditioning designed to reduce costs and improve charging efficiency.
  • Optimal fleet usage: By avoiding exceeding the maximum grid capacity and by optimizing their charging schedule, operators could have a larger number of electric buses into operation than the existing charging infrastructure would otherwise allow.

 

“Qbuzz is taking the next step on the road towards Zero-Emission transport. Smart Charging is of great importance in this respect, helping us achieve an optimal use of our large electric bus fleets. We think that our collaboration with ViriCiti will allow us to have a more efficient approach to charging our electric fleet.”

– Tim van Twuijver, Sustainability Manager Qbuzz

 

ViriCiti Smart Charging Dashboard
ViriCiti Smart Charging Dashboard

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About The Author

Cristiana Stoian, Communications Manager and ViriCitizen