Oct 13

ViriCiti Begins Deployment for the World’s Largest E-Bus Smart Charging Project

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


THE NETHERLANDS, OCTOBER 2020 – ViriCiti has started rolling out the largest Smart Charging implementation in the public transportation sector. In total 163 charger connectors (plugin & pantograph) managed by Qbuzz are connected to the ViriCiti dashboard. Smart Charging is rolled out for the Heliox chargers, with the ABB chargers following soon. This is the largest Smart Charging implementation of its kind, potentially with the exception of China.


Qbuzz begins using Smart Charging 

With ViriCiti’s Smart Charging solution, Qbuzz will be able to manage Heliox and ABB 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.

The Smart Charging service will help Qbuzz manage the charging process of 164 electric buses operated in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe.


Smart Charging helps decrease energy costs by up to 30%

ViriCiti’s Smart Charging service helps increase the efficiency of charging infrastructure and decrease energy costs by thousands of Euros. Its intelligent algorithm provides accurate charging information and predicts the remaining range of e-buses. ViriCiti’s Smart Charging is interoperable as it integrates with multiple OEMs.

Through load balancing, Smart Charging eliminates infrastructure limitations by allowing users to set a maximum power per charger group, and control the charging speed of individual chargers. It also allows operators to reduce costs associated with demand charges, process also known as ‘peak shaving’. Scheduled load balancing allows to further reduce energy costs by making use of Day/Night energy tariffs, when applicable.

ViriCiti Smart Charging Dashboard

ViriCiti Smart Charging Dashboard


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


“This Smart Charging project marks an important milestone for ViriCiti, as it is, the largest one in the world to date where the chargers are controlled remotely from the cloud. With our Smart Charging solution, we are happy to help operators not only to save significant costs by avoiding demand charges, but also to have more buses on the road due to an efficient charging process.” | Freek Dielissen, Co-founder and CEO ViriCiti


* as registered in the ViriCiti dashboard in 2020


About ViriCiti

ViriCiti started in 2012 with a focus on electric buses and trucks and is now market leader in the United States and Europe, with over 3500 buses and chargers connected to its platform. The company is working with over 200 OEMs and fleet operators worldwide and aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by offering an all-in-one solution for full-electric as well as mixed fleets. Last January, they raised €6.25 million to expand their focus on the North American market.


About Qbuzz

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. The fleet of Qbuzz consists of 782 vehicles. Qbuzz prides itself with its open relationship with the public transport authorities and it constantly searches for the best way to provide mobility services in line with communal and social needs.

About The Author

Cristiana Stoian, Communications Manager and ViriCitizen