Volvo Penta and ABB to study EV routes for marine applications

7900 Electric Exterior 2015 0470 Charging at bus stop.jpg2 01Volvo Penta will conduct a feasibility study together with ABB and Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology to assess if electric charging technology used on Volvo Buses’ electric bus routes could be adapted for marine applications

Niklas Thulin, director electromobility of Volvo Penta, said, “While all-electric boating remains in its infancy, for this new transport system to be a success and grow, a network of fast charging stations needs to be developed.”

Identifying the more promising solutions will be the challenge of the one-year project, which is being partly funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, he noted.

Upon completion of the feasibility study, it is envisaged that the fast charging technology will be incorporated into Swedish city of Gothenburg’s marine demo arena and become part of the electricity public transport network.

Safety of the equipment will be a high priority of the project, for operators and passengers, considering the combination of high currents and saltwater. While the project is at the inception stage, it aims to keep the final technology adopted in open source, helping to speed up the adoption of electromobility globally.

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