Charging System Powers Electric Buses In 15 Seconds

Charging System Powers Electric Buses In 15 Seconds
technology

Switzerland trials the world’s first bus system that could be the future of city transport.

Lara Piras
  • 10 june 2013

TOSA, or Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation, is a new electric bus charging system that only takes 15 seconds to power up. It is now being tested in Geneva, Switzerland.

The system currently in place has the vehicles constantly connected to overhead trolley cables or they simply have to attempt to run entire routes on one charge. The new system will have buses charging at every third or fourth stop using a device installed at the stop that engages with the roof using a laser guidance system. Once connected the mechanism delivers a 15-second-long 400-kilowatt boost to the bus’ batteries as passengers are getting on and off.

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