E-bus Charge Management
With an increasing number of electric buses in the fleet, the need for coordination of charging operations increases. MOBILEcharge provides energy demand forecasts and reports, monitors charging operations and ensures balanced load management so that expensive peak loads on the grid can be avoided.
Intelligent charging of e-buses
How Charge Management works. Constant communication can ensure that your e-bus fleet is charged on demand, cost-effectively, and with minimum impact on the battery
Better coordination and management
Multi-tenancy capability allows you to efficiently coordinate different bus operators in one depot and make optimal use of resources.
Centralized management of multiple depots
The ability to centrally manage depots at multiple locations provides unprecedented control over your entire operating network.
Automated energy control
Everything at a glance:
- Energy quantity – how much energy is still available
- Energy sources – consideration of auxiliary consumers
- Energy flows – controlled and monitored holistically
- Substation control – flexible adjustment of energy distribution
Cost savings through peak shaving
Connect charging points with systems
Intelligent charging processes
Centralized charge management
Optimized charging performance
Independent and safe data
Valuable insights & actionable advice
Easy to integrate
Find your solution with us
- Experience with Smart Charging since 2008
- Implemented projects with OCPP 2.0.1
- Active co-creatation of standard interfaces (VDV 261, VDV 463, etc.)
- Numerous successfully completed system tests
- Mature understanding of the procedures of transport companies
- Previous integration of leading charging infrastructure manufacturers
Insights into the application
MOBILEcharge is the trusted solution
MOBILEcharge in use with the electric buses of Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr
MOBILEcharge connects hundreds of charging stations across Israel
Prioritized charging with MOBILEcharge at the e-bus depot in Deventer (Netherlands)
Vehicle monitoring in the buses of Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH
Pantograph charging station Leipzig managed by MOBILEcharge
Bus is charged efficiently with MOBILEcharge
Bus depot in Bergen managed with MOBILEcharge
Intelligent charging in Norway
Satisfied customers worldwide
We chose CarMedialabs charge management system for all our bus depots all over Israel. MOBILEcharge will help us to have a maximum number of buses available on time with minimal use of the grid and minimal costs. Let the electrification revolution begin!
Wonderfull collaboration […] we will look forward to continuing this really good work.
It’s been a pleasure working with you guys from the beginning and the best is yet to come!
The long-awaited system for vehicle data testing. We as VCDB have a great interest in the Data Tester, as we also provide vehicle inspections for customers.
Information Technology Manager, Keolis Norge, Norway
A great example of how our customers can benefit with their ISO 15118 adaption through partnership and collaboration.
All at a glance
Learn more about MOBILEcharge in our Product Description and in our article about Potential Cost Savings of a Charge Management. You can get support for the creation of tenders from our Tender Support.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The charging time depends essentially on the vehicle’s charging type and battery size. Charging in the depot is currently 150 kW, while pantograph charging can be up to 450 kW. For a battery with 400 kWh, the charging time is about 6 hours for depot charging and 2 hours for pantograph charging.
A battery bus, also called an electric bus, e-bus or accumulator bus, is a bus that is powered by an electric motor and, in the same way as an electric car, draws its propulsion energy during the journey exclusively from a traction battery carried on board.
A total of 727 buses with electric engines were registered in Germany at the beginning of 2021 (source: de.statista.com).
VDV 463 is an interface that regulates communication between the charging management system and the upstream systems of the transport companies (traffic control system (ITCS) and depot management system (BMS)). This means that planning requirements from operations are taken into account when controlling charging processes via the charging management system, and important vehicle status data is also transferred to the upstream systems.
VDV 261 defines how the charging management system communicates with the vehicle via the charging station with regard to preconditioning. It is based on an extension of ISO 15118.
Buses can be charged conductively (physically connected to charging station) with direct current or inductively (contactless) with alternating current. Charging begins fully automatically once the vehicle and the charging station have been connected and data has been exchanged between the two systems. In addition to overnight charging at the depot, there are also concepts in which the vehicles are briefly charged at high power at each end of the line. Different charging concepts will make more sense, depending on the line length and route profile, for example, one option could also be inductive charging at individual stops.
The larger the fleet, the more important charge management is. Controlling and monitoring multiple charging processes is very time-consuming and can lead to problems without charge management. For example, power connections can be overloaded or vehicles might not be fully charged in time, which could lead to outages.
Charging can be monitored using central charging management software. The charging management software exchanges information with the vehicle, gives commands to the vehicle, and graphically displays the current information status . Charging management software can also exchange data with other systems and use information from other systems to integrate the status information into the user’s context. The software is location-independent and can be used from anywhere.
The charging processes can be controlled in different ways. Technically, the charging station controls the charging process in close cooperation with the vehicle. Basically, the vehicle communicates how much energy it needs and the charging station supplies the energy according to a prescribed charging profile. The charging profile can be improved by charging management software.
Public Transport insights
CarMedialab will manage the charging of e-buses in BarcelonaWe ares pleased to announce that we have won the tender from TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona).
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Optimal use of the charging infrastructure with Multi-Operator SupportWe are pleased to present MOBILEcharge’s latest and worldwide unique feature: Multi-Operator Support, also known as “multi-tenancy”.
Optibus breaks into smart charging in partnership with CarMedialabOptibus, a leading software platform for planning and operating more efficient, sustainable public transportation networks, has launched a new initiative to break down the silos between electric bus network planning and charging operations.
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