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MOBILEcharge

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

New features



  • Management of different operators

    With the help of Multi Operator Support, you can coordinate different bus operators in one depot and use your resources efficiently.

    Central management of multiple depots

    The ability to centrally manage multiple depots in different cities or countries gives you unprecedented control over your entire operating fleet.


    Full control of your fleet(s)

    Your operators only charge at assigned points and within specified load limits. In addition, tariffs and interfaces can be assigned individually.



  • Always monitor the utilization of your charging infrastructure

    • Energy quantity: Checking the energy availability
    • Energy sources: Consideration of auxiliary consumers

    Automated energy control

    • Energy flows: independent control and visibility
    • Substation control: flexible adjustment of energy distribution and avoidance of outages



  • Authorized user role for comprehensive control of your charging infrastructure

    • Simple tariff management
    • Adjustment of charging targets
    • Limitation of energy consumption
    • Specialized access control
    • Creation of efficient charging profiles


  • Fast charging at the touch of a button

    • Prioritized charging of buses in special cases
    • Clever use of energy reserves without impairment
    • Boost of multiple buses possible

    Use of the button for

    • Rail replacement services
    • Unexpected situations such as traffic jams/demonstrations
    • Delays of all kinds

  • Targeted notifications

    Error messages are sent directly to the relevant persons by e-mail or SMS.

    Flexible and user-friendly

    Simple categorization and prioritization of errors as well as a comprehensive history of all messages.


    Simple control of charge management

    Intuitive user interface for effortless configuration and optimization according to your needs.

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.
Cost savings through

Efficient charge management

In this webinar, you will learn how you can reduce the costs of charging your electric buses by using MOBILEcharge.

Why MOBILEcharge?

Intelligent charging processes

Intelligent charging processes incorporating operational data, variable electricity tariffs, energy storage and vehicle data.

Centralized charge management

Streamlined monitoring and control during operation and charging of the entire fleet.

Optimized charging performance

Parallel, controlled and automated charging processes.

Battery saving

Protection of the battery by balancing the total current load.

Standards

OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol), ISO 15118 VAS (Value Added Services), VDV 463 and VDV 261.

Control

Active diagnostics and remote control of charging points and transformers.

Independent and safe data

As a third-party provider, we offer independent data you can trust. Our long experience in data collection guarantees the security of the data.

Valuable insights & actionable advice

Gain valuable insights in real-time energy management, live fault alerts, operational reports and smart charging. Benefit from forecasts for depots and power suppliers.

Easy to integrate

Easy integration with the application landscape between ITCS, depot management system and energy supplier. You can optimize your fleet operations and charging performance regardless of your software system.

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 controls the charging processes with MOBILEcharge
  • 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.
    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)
    Feedback

    Satisfied customers worldwide

    • 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!

    • Hugo V.

      Performance and Contract Manager, Tide AS, Norway

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

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Tore G.

      Information Technology Manager, Tide AS Norge, Norway

      Information Technology Manager, Keolis Norge, Norway

    • 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.

      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.

      Public Transport insights

      • New: The Notification Center for charging e-buses

        February 8, 2024
        Efficiency and clarity in the charge management are crucial. This is exactly what the Notification Center combines as a new feature in MOBILEcharge.
      • Fast charging at the touch of a button with the new Power Boost Button

        January 22, 2024
        Thanks to the new Power Boost Button, electric buses can be reliably charged and be ready to go even during unexpected changes to the schedule. This feature is a real game changer for anyone who needs to react quickly and flexibly in case of unforeseeable situations such as rail replacement services.
      • Mobility Portal Europe: charge management essential for e-bus fleets

        January 19, 2024
        In the interview with Mobility Portal Europe, Managing Director Heiko Bauer explains the importance of a charge management system in today’s world.
      • The Energy Manager: keeping an eye on the charging strategy

        December 12, 2023
        The Energy Manager is a new user role in MOBILEcharge that is specifically designed to monitor the charging processes of your electric buses.
      • CarMedialab will manage the charging of e-buses in Barcelona

        November 22, 2023
        We ares pleased to announce that we have won the tender from TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona).
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