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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 charge 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

More information about charge management

Take advantage of the MOBILEcharge features:
  • Multi Operator Support
  • Substation Monitor
  • Energy Manager
  • Power Boost Button
  • Notification Center
  • Real Time Power Meter
  • Local Controller
Further technical information and videos on the new product features can be found here:

Features

  • Multi Operator Support

    • Management of different operators
    • Central management of multiple depots
    • Full control of your fleet(s)

  • Substation Monitor

    • Energy quantity and sources always in view
    • Automated energy control

  • Energy Manager

    • User role for authorized users
    • Integrated control of the charging infrastructure
  • Power Boost Button

    • Fast charging at the touch of a button
    • Deployment for rail replacement services and unexpected situations

  • Notification Center

    • Targeted notifications
    • Configuration and optimization according to your requirements
  • Real Time Power Meter

    • Monitoring energy consumption live
    • Control and cost management for efficient decisions
  • Maintenance Mode

    • Charging station is set to maintenance mode
    • Planning of resources and charging capacity
  • Local Controller

    • Security for offline charging stations
    • Substation Monitoring
    • Automatic Preconditioning
    Choose your own software

    Cost savings through peak shaving

    A charge management system interconnects infrastructure and vehicles. It should therefore be compatible with systems from different manufacturers. Decide for yourself which software you want to use. Peak shaving is a method of charge control. The aim of this method is to balance power drawn from the energy grid. In doing so, power peaks are capped and energy costs are reduced.
    E-bus charging of tomorrow

    Charge Management 2.0

    This webinar will focus on the presentation of the charge management system MOBILEcharge. We will not only look at the basics of the system, but also provide exclusive insights into the latest features that have not yet been presented live.

    Why MOBILEcharge?

    Intelligent charging processes

    Centralized charge management

    Optimized charging performance

    Battery saving

    Standards

    Control

    Independent and safe data

    Valuable insights & actionable advice

    Easy to integrate

    Connect charging points with systems

    We coordinate your growing electric bus fleet and make ideal use of charging windows in the depot and on the route through charging management. Our management system ensures parallel, controlled and automated charging processes. It links charging points, energy supply and operational information systems. The result is a balanced load management system that incorporates your operational requirements, lower peak power and the use of cost-effective energy tariffs.

    Find your solution with us

    • Experience with Smart Charging since 2008
    • Implemented projects with OCPP 2.0.1
    • Active co-creation 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

    See the advantages for yourself

    Dashboard

    Get a quick and easy overview of your charging performance and energy consumption, historically and in real time.

    Charging plan

    This is your timetable for all parent and upcoming charging processes.
    Worldwide most advanced technology

    MOBILEcharge is the trusted solution

    MOBILEcharge contributes to saving energy worldwide. Bus fleets are increasingly going electric and this requires intelligent charge planning to simplify everyday life.

    1.250 +

    Charging Stations Fully Integrated

    2.000 +

    E-Buses Charging Efficiently

    Practical examples

    • Shows two electric buses
      Dakar uses electric buses for public transport for the first time and MOBILEcharge controls the charging processes
    • 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

      Tide succeeds in starting to operate electric buses in Bergen with complete success. With MOBILEcharge, charging processes can be controlled and monitored. This makes it possible to see remotely if there is a fault, if a charge is not working, and how the state of charge of each bus develops during the night. This innovative and sustainable solution could be a model for many other cities.
      Feedback

      Satisfied customers worldwide

      • Eric F.

        Manager of communications and marketing, C-TRAN

        Sustainability is at the core of who we are as a public transportation provider, and battery-electric buses are crucial to our zero-emission future. We’re excited to partner with CarMedialab to improve the performance of these vehicles, and the experience for our riders.

      • Shirley W.

        Product Manager, Ayalon Highways

        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!

      • Melissa D.

        Fleet management, HEAG mobilio
        The Data Tester by CarMedialab has convinced us: simple vehicle connection, efficient signal checking and a user-friendly web interface. We are very satisfied with the results.
      • Hugo V.

        Performance and Contract Manager, Tide AS, Norway

        Wonderful collaboration […] we will look forward to continuing this really good work.

      • Anton G.

        VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH
        All in all, we are very happy with the Data Tester.
      • Tore G.

        Information Technology Manager, Tide AS Norge, Norway

        Finally somebody who’s understanding smart charging entirely.

      • Dennis H.

        VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH

        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.

      • Paul G.

        Director International Business Development, INIT Group

        It’s been a pleasure working with you guys from the beginning and the best is yet to come!

      • Mark S.

        Electric Vehicle Charging Vertical Manager, NXP Semiconductor

        A great example of how our customers can benefit with their ISO 15118 adaption through partnership and collaboration.

        A selection of our valued clients
        • Logo of Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
        • Logo of Salzburg AG
        • Logo of York Region Transit
        • Logo of Rheinbahn AG (Rheinbahn)
        • Logo of Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH (VBK)
        • Logo of TotalEnergies SE (TotalEnergies)
        • Logo of WBC Wallbox Chargers Deutschland GmbH (wallbox)
        • Logo of ABB Ltd (ABB)
        • Logo of Hitachi, Ltd. (HITACHI)
        • Logo of Vattenfall AG (Vattenfall)
        About MOBILEcharge

        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.

        Are you interested in further documents? Visit our download area.

        Let’s connect

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        Leandro Campo
        Sales Manager Public Transport
        FAQ

        Frequently Asked Questions

        How long does an e-bus charge?

        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.

        How do e-buses charge?
        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.
        How do e-buses work?

        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.

        How many electric buses are there to be found in Germany?

        A total of 727 buses with electric engines were registered in Germany at the beginning of 2021 (source: de.statista.com).

        What does VDV 463 mean?

        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.

        What does VDV 261 mean?

        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.

        How does charge management work?

        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.

        Why do you need a charge management system?

        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.

        How can bus charging be monitored?

        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.

        Who controls bus charging process?

        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.

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