World’s first trial to integrate electric bus charging into the network in Sydney

A first global trial led by three Australian companies to better integrate bus depots into the energy market and support the faster deployment of electric buses has been launched in Western Sydney.

The VEMO project is being undertaken with funding from Transport for NSW’s Zero Emissions Bus program by a cross-industry consortium of Australian companies including bus operator Busways, local software and consultancy firm Evenergi and electricity distributor Western Sydney Endeavor Energy.

The software, designed by Evenergi to future-proof the power supply so it can charge a fleet of all-electric buses, is being tested at Busways’ Penrith bus depot with an initial 12 electric buses supplied by the bus manufacturer NSW Custom Denning and six ABB Terra charging stations. .

Emphasis is placed on the use of Evernegi’s “intelligent” software which uses real-time energy monitoring to optimize electric bus charging times based on grid usage, and means that a large multi-million dollar battery is not required.

“To switch completely from diesel to electric, we need to work with the energy sector to create a sustainable framework for the full electrification of depots,” said Byron Rowe, Managing Director of Busways.

“Instead of having a multi-million dollar ‘big battery’ on site, this game-changing software solution bridges our bus depot charging infrastructure to the retail and distribution markets. energy, to intelligently reduce energy when network usage is lower, while ensuring our buses are still charged for providing service.

Evenergi CEO Daniel Hilson said the “world first”: the software helped the company create five Sydney-based tech jobs created for the project. “At full capacity, the project will allow us to grow a much larger team here in New South Wales and then export the technology around the world.”

Leanne Pickering, chief customer and strategy officer for Endeavor Energy, said Busways’ electric bus depot will have real-time visibility of the load on the network so that its new electric buses can be charged off-site. peak demand periods.

“This leads to greater use of the electricity grid and avoids the need for costly upgrades, which maintains downward pressure on the price of electricity for all customers, now and in the future” , Pickering said.

The New South Wales government has pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and is working to convert its fleet of over 8,000 buses to electric over the next few years.

“This smart charging technology will improve the running of our zero-emission buses, reduce the strain on the power grid and is a technology solution that could become an exciting export from NSW to the world,” said Transport Minister David Elliott.

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