With a passenger capacity of 51, the Versa EVs are the UK’s first fully operational, full sized battery powered electric buses.
Three of the buses are operated by Travel De Courcey in Coventry and are charged by two ABB Terra 51s installed at the city’s Park and Ride. These can charge the buses’ batteries to full capacity in less than two hours, compared to the standard six to eight hours from a normal street charger.
This offers the potential to double the daily range of the buses from the current maximum of 95 miles on a single overnight charge, making it particularly useful in intensive city centre operations or for providing services to 24 hour a day operations such as airports.
Using off-peak electricity, a full charge can cost as little as £6.40.The ABB recharging stations also allow the buses to re-charge throughout the working day, removing the need to return to base.
ABB’s Terra 51 rapid charging stations can charge a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubuishi i-Miev in under 30 minutes, with hundreds of the units currently being installed across Europe and beyond.