Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: December 6, 2023
Inés Platini
By Inés Platini

Ebusco: “Connecting an eBus depot to the grid in the Netherlands takes 3 to 5 years”

At the "Mobility Portal Charge Infrastructure Summit," Steven Van Der Burg (Ebusco) emphasizes the imperative to promote sustainable solutions in the eMobility sector due to increasing concerns about electrical grid availability in the country.
Steven Van Der Burg, Sales Director at Ebusco.
Steven Van Der Burg, Sales Director at Ebusco.

Recently, the Minister of Energy, Rob Jetten, has indicated that the electrical grid in the Netherlands is on the verge of saturation in all provinces.

In response to this issue, the government and network operators are implementing new and urgent measures to ensure sufficient capacity in the power grid as demand continues to rise in the country.

This is particularly crucial to prevent energy disruptions during peak hours.

Steven van der Burg, Sales Director at Ebusco.

In this regard, Steven Van Der Burg, Sales Director at Ebusco, comments to Mobility Portal Europe:

“The wait for obtaining the necessary grid connection to build a new bus depot is currently three to five years.”

Therefore, the obligation of the eMobility sector is to ensure responsible use of the existing network infrastructure.

An alternative to achieve this goal is the adoption of bidirectional charging, a solution offered by the company through Ebusco Energy FLEX.

It is an innovative response to powering and energy storage, facilitating efficient management of this resources.

This provides the ability to store renewable energy, reducing dependence on extensive electrical infrastructure.

This autonomous storage system is equipped with a 184 kWh battery capacity, allowing for a charging speed of 60 kW.

It has the capability to directly connect to solar panels and wind turbines, enabling efficient retention of excess and self-generated power.

Additionally, another solution proposed by the leading electric bus company involves the implementation of sustainable, clean, and green energy.

In this context, they offer versatile and applicable Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for any scenario.

Thanks to its various configurations, this system adapts to users with both low and high consumption, providing diverse possibilities for implementation.

This allows for the storage of green energy during surplus periods and its release when needed, optimizing the use of sustainably generated power.

It also ensures self-sufficiency and a constant fuel supply regardless of conditions and the capacity of the electrical grid.

Not only that, but Ebusco also offers batteries with a high energy-to-weight ratio, resulting in extended autonomy.

Ebusco advocates for slow charging

Their buses feature high-quality, safe, and durable cells with LFP technology.

The temperature variation of these is a maximum of 7 degrees per second, allowing for timely intervention when necessary.

This approach contributes to sustainability, as they are manufactured without relying on scarce raw materials such as cobalt and nickel.

It is worth noting that Van Der Burg opposes fast charging, arguing that this practice “ages the battery life and impacts its temperature.”

“The faster you charge, the more damage you will cause, which is why we are not in favor of opportunistic charging,” he explains.

As a result, the company strives to charge at a slow speed whenever possible, as this positively affects the state and longevity of the cell.

In addition, both depot charging and plug-in charging emerge as the most suitable alternative, as it is more cost-effective and does not require substantial alterations to the electrical supply infrastructure.

With proper planning, all daily routes can be carried out comprehensively through overnight garage charging.

This practice becomes particularly relevant in the public transportation sector, where operators aim to achieve concession periods or service lives of up to 15 years.

In this context, they prefers to offer a solution that avoids the need to replace batteries.

Ebusco 3.0: The success story of the company

Ebusco 3.0 offers the lowest TCO in the market.

With the aim of providing its customers with vehicles with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the market, the company has launched the Ebusco 3.0.

This product aspires to redefine the world of public transportation.

The electric bus stands out for its lightweight design and an extended lifespan of up to 25 years.

Ebusco at the Mobility Portal Charge Infrastructure Summit.
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