Panterra moves to standard bus charging with Schunk : Page 2 of 2

May 07, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
Smart charging pantograph technology at Schunk's Wettenberg site
Electric bus developer Proterra is standardising its charging and communication systems for power-agnostic vehicles using technology from a German company.

“Our technology has long outgrown its infancy and is being deployed globally,” said Dr Jan Gupta, member of the management of the Schunk Group (above) and responsible for the Schunk Carbon Technology division, which has over 300 buses using the technology.  “Electric buses are an important topic for Schunk. The world market is developing very positively; therefore, we are confident and are anticipating positive development for the Wettenberg location, where the production of Smart Charging is located,” he said. 

Shunk supplies the roof charging pantograph for the largest fleet of electric buses in Europe, which operates 43 vehicles in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. "We've had strong traction in Europe to date equipping the largest electric bus fleet with our roof charging pantograph technology," said Robert Averkamp President Schunk Carbon Technology US. 

Proterra and Schunk Carbon Technology will work together to further develop standards-based, lightweight, state-of-the-art, scalable fleet charging infrastructure for on-route or in-depot charging, that can flexibly support dozens to hundreds to thousands of heavy-duty electric vehicles, using the standard overhead pantograph systems from Schunk Carbon Technology.  

"As more fleets embark on 100 percent electrification, we're committed to providing a seamless transition that leverages open and universal standards and empowers our customers to effectively scale with confidence," said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. "By using common charging standards for electric buses, the transit industry will avoid vendor lock-in and de-risk infrastructure investments, ultimately accelerating mass adoption of EVs."

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