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Article Date: 19th July 2018

ABB Distribution Solutions - The First Electric Bus Comes to the Streets of Cardiff

Electric Bus - Cardiff City - Charging Station - Public Transport

ABB Distribution Solutions - The First Electric Bus Comes to the Streets of Cardiff

Working with Volvo Bus UK and their state-of-the-art 7900E this trial will last for 8 weeks from Cardiff City centre to Cardiff Bay. It will provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly form of public transport, which can operate using opportunity charging on an allocated route. Head of ABB’s global business charging infrastructure, Frank Muehlon, added: “As the market leader in fast charging solutions we are proud to be partnering with Volvo and Cardiff Council on delivering Wales’ first ever fast charging bus installation.

Cardiff has launched its first electric bus - the first of its kind in Wales.

The announcement follows recent speculation after a large charging station was installed next to the city’s Alexandra Gardens in Cathays Park.

Running as part of an eight-week trial, the state-of-the-art Volvo 7900E will run along the regular Route 6, taking passengers from the capital’s civic centre, via the city centre and on to Cardiff Bay.

The project is being run in collaboration between the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council , Cardiff Bus, Volvo and charging station manufacturers ABB.

Volvo Bus and ABB will be bearing the costs of the vehicle, the infrastructure, its transport and commissioning and the fuel for the generator.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates said: “I am delighted to welcome Volvo and ABB to Cardiff, and grateful to Cardiff Bus for taking the lead in this exciting development in city transport.

“There have been a number of such trials around the UK, but this is the first in Wales.

“We have to stress test this demonstration project, and the late bank holiday weekend should be the ideal opportunity to put this vehicle through its paces.

“This is a first step towards our Economic Action Plan commitment to achieve zero carbon buses within 10 years.

“I have every confidence the data will support the fact that electric vehicles can deliver a high-quality service, with measurable improvements in air quality along the participating route.”

The main objective of the trial is to provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly form of public transport, which can operate using opportunity charging on an allocated route.

It’s also hoped the project will prove the infrastructure can potentially be rolled out on a wider scale.

Managing Director for Cardiff Bus, Cynthia Ogbonna, said: “Technology is moving at speed, and the importance of clean air is moving fast up the political agenda as well within society’s thoughts.

“Using our iconic baycar route, which links the heart of the Capital with Cardiff Bay quickly, is an obvious choice for the trial.

“As well as the Volvo Ocean Race in Cardiff Bay the trial coincides with the annual summer events calendar in Cardiff Bay, so we hope to put the technology to the test.”

Head of ABB’s global business charging infrastructure, Frank Muehlon, added: “As the market leader in fast charging solutions we are proud to be partnering with Volvo and Cardiff Council on delivering Wales’ first ever fast charging bus installation.

“The usage and feedback from the preliminary phases of the pilot have been very encouraging and we are delighted to be able to now bring this sustainable urban mobility solution to Wales.

“We are confident that this trial will continue to demonstrate the huge improvement electric buses can make on the environmental impact of public transport, with this bus delivering up to 80 percent lower energy consumption than its regular diesel equivalent.

“We look forward to working closely with the bus industry and others to bring this exciting technology to all parts of the UK.”

Article courtesy of Wales Online.

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