TOSA order for Genève
filed on: 18.07.2016 (18th Jul 2016)
Back in 2013, this newslog reported on the TOSA demonstration bus in Geneva. This innovative electric bus uses strategically placed "flash charging" stations along the route to top up its batteries. This means battery size can be limited to an economically manageable level without rendering the vehicle overly heavy or sacrificing passenger capacity. At first the bus was, rather unwisely, marketed as a trolleybus replacement. But it seems that sense has seen the light of day and the first route on which these buses will be used is to be a diesel route, TPG's route 23.
A consortium of HESS and ABB are to provide 13 flash charging stations and 12 buses, with operation to commence in March 2018. The order is worth 10 million (ABB part) and 14 million (HESS part).
This news item is from the 2016 newslog.
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