Electric bus chargers, understand the different charging levels. Electric bus charging station

Electric bus chargers, understand the different charging levels

What charger do I need for my bus? After the driving range interrogations, charging options are the most common questions we get from our customers. Well, the good news is that charging an electric commercial bus is no different from charging a car.

Not familiar with electric vehicles at all? Here is a good place to start. Electric buses are powered only by one or more electric motors. These motors run on electricity, which is stored in the vehicle’s battery, usually underneath the bus floor. Like every battery-powered product, electric buses need to be charged by plugging into the grid. So as a new electric bus owner, you will need a charging station.

About bus charging stations

Do you remember the first time you went to a gas station in your life? Probably not. It seems so obvious to you now! And yet, what pump, what grade? Well, it will be the same with the electric one. It’s all about getting familiar with it! You’ll see, it’s simple!

E.V chargers are divided into levels corresponding to the charging speed, indicated by the number of kilowatts (kW) they output. The higher the output from the charger, the faster the bus battery will recharge (up to the vehicle’s maximum allowed charging rate). For now, there are three levels of chargers available on the market: Level 1 (L1), Level 2 (L2), and DC Fast Charger (DCFC), often called Level 3.

What is the difference between E.V charging levels?

Commercial electrical buses require at least Level 2 chargers. Of course, the batteries can be charged with a Level 1 charger; however, due to the high battery capacity of passenger buses, it can take as much as 50 hours to recover a full battery capacity with a Level 1 charger!

Level 2 AC Chargers

The Level 2 charging option is convenient because it’s easy to connect to your building’s electrical network (240V or 208 V). Between 3 kW and 19 kW of AC (alternating current) power is delivered straight to the vehicle, where the onboard inverter converts it into high voltage direct current (DC) to finally charge the bus batteries. With this type of charging, you can count between 16 to 32 km range per hour of charge.

The relatively low cost of installing 240V outlets makes AC chargers the most affordable way to charge a commercial vehicle, which makes it a common installation for fleet facilities.

DC Fast Chargers

The DC Fast Charger is the most Rapid charging solution on the market. Its charging mechanism differs from Level 2, allowing a 350 kW maximum power output, though power outputs from 30 kW to 180 kW are more typical. Here, it is the charging station that converts the AC (alternating current) to DC (direct current) power so it can supply more power, charging buses faster. DC Fast chargers add 96 to 128 km of range in 20 min of charge.

Its installation requires a higher current level (480V AC 3-phase input), meaning a significant infrastructure investment compared to the Level 2 charger.

When it comes to passengers’ transportation, we advise you to look for a bus supporting the DC Fast charge. Even if Level 2 charging is a common installation allowing you to charge your buses overnight, you might need to use a DC fast charging, especially if you have demanding shuttle needs.

Investing in charging infrastructure

Depending on the type of transportation services you offer, you can opt for different charging solutions. For example, if you run a health care facility and provide shuttle services to your residents for occasional outings, you may be satisfied with a Level 2 charger to charge your bus overnight. However, if you provide ongoing transportation services for your municipality with pre-determined routes, you should consider placing fast chargers in strategic locations to ensure that your buses are always up and running.

A charging station, also called (EVSE, electric vehicle supply equipment) delivers electrical energy from an electricity source to charge your bus batteries. It is a Smart system ensuring safety by controlling the flow of power transferred by the cable cord. Implementing an electric vehicle charging station in your facility requires expertise and involves special equipment and electrical work. The condition and location of your existing electrical network will determine the project’s complexity. In some cases, additional capacity from the electrical grid will need to be brought to your site by the utility company, especially if you have multiple buses to charge. At Crestline, we have partnered with Lightning eMotors to help you navigate those questions. Their team is specialized in helping organizations to build the right charging infrastructure to power your fleet as you need.

Do you need more help choosing the right charging infrastructure for your electric bus? Our electric bus sales experts support your transition to electric transportation.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Size Share Analysis. Growth Trends Forecasts (2023. 2028)

The Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market is segmented by Charging Type (Plug-in Charging and Overhead Charging), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World). The report offers the market size in value (USD Billion), and forecasts for all the above segments.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Size

Major Players

Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Need a report that reflects how COVID-19 has impacted this market and it’s growth?

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Analysis

The electric bus charging infrastructure market was valued at USD 1.68 Billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 6.63 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of around 16.4% during the forecast period (2022–2027).

During the coronavirus epidemic, numerous variables are influencing the worldwide electric bus charging infrastructure market. This industry, like most others, has suffered a significant downturn as a result of the epidemic. The key variables influencing the market growth are supply chain constraints and ‘falling demand for EV batteries.’ The market is being severely impacted by the lack of availability of the most significant components for battery manufacture. However, when supply chain constraints are relaxed due to fewer coronavirus infections, the industry’s leading players have begun research and development to boost market growth by incorporating cutting-edge technologies like 5G.

Over the long term, the global adoption of stricter pollution regulations is expected to boost electric car sales throughout the projection period. To meet the growing demand for EVs, manufacturers of automotive power modules have begun investing in expanding their production capacities, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region, which has the world’s highest sales and export of vehicles, as well as the lowest tariff on EV parts among ASEAN countries.

  • In September 2022, A pilot project, through which the Ministry of Road Transport Highways in India, is developing EV charging stations across 5000km of the national highway, is presently in its last stages of technical and commercial testing using electric buses on the Delhi-Jaipur line beginning September 9th, 2022. This will add a 278 km length to the previously performed 210 km trial run between Delhi and Agra in 2021, completing technical testing of a total of 500 miles across four states in its pilot phase: UP, Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan.

China and the United States registered higher adoption of electric buses. In the coming years, the above countries are expected to continue to deploy more electric buses, owing to strong encouragement from the governments, transit agencies, as well as other green vehicle-supporting communities and organizations.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Industry Segmentation

An electric bus charging infrastructure is a kind of infrastructure that is specifically designed for the charging of electric buses. Onboard batteries, a hydrogen fuel cell, overhead wires, as in a trolleybus application, or ground-based non-contact conductors can be used as the power source.

The electric bus charging infrastructure market is segmented by Charging Type, Power, Connector, and Geography.

By Charging Type, the market is segmented into Plug-in Charging and Overhead Charging.

By Power, the market is segmented into 450 kW, 151-450 kW, 50-150 kW, and 50 kW.

By Connector, the market is segmented into CHAdeMO, Combined Charging System (CCS), and Others.

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and by Geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

The report also provides market sizing and forecast for all the above-mentioned segments.

Charging Type
Plug-in Charging
Overhead Charging
Geography
North America
Europe
Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

Report scope can be customized per your requirements. Click here.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market according to our research experts:

Governmental Efforts to Increase in the Number of Electric Buses

E-mobility is currently seen as the most promising technology to reduce exhaust emissions in transportation. Electric buses are replacing conventional diesel-fueled buses at an accelerating rate that is outpacing the adoption of battery-powered cars. According to forecasts by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, by 2030, ~28% of car sales are likely to be electric vehicles, while 84% of new buses will be electric buses.

The electric bus market is rapidly growing across the world owing to the governmental push to decarbonize public transportation in major countries. Many countries have established goals to procure electric buses. For instance,

The Joe Biden administration has proposed a USD174 billion program to promote the adoption of electric vehicles with the goal of moving the United States toward zero-emission transportation. The major market players’ innovation in the emerging heavy-duty electric bus sector is boosting the market growth of e-buses by lowering their maintenance costs and efficiency.

China’s move toward electric vehicles is expected to continue, with 420,000 new electric buses expected to be purchased by 2025.Electric bus fleets should be able to grow significantly (about 40%) as a result of market expansion and government support.

By 2030, India wants to sell 70% of all commercial vehicles, including 40% of buses, as electric vehicles.The objective of achieving net zero carbon emissions is in line with this.

In Europe, electric bus registrations climbed by 48% in 2021 compared to 2020. Last year, 3,282 e-buses were delivered, increasing the total number of vehicles registered on the continent to over 8,500 since 2012. The European government has formulated various policies and has started projects for building the charging infrastructure across the region, primarily to meet the electric vehicle sales target.

The transportation sector, which contributes about 27% to Europe’s total greenhouse emissions, is also source of other dangerous emissions, like NOx. At present, approximately 725,000 buses operate in Europe, including all types of powertrains (electric and non-electric). Out of these, around 2,500 are electric buses, which indicates that the majority of them run on diesel. By 2025, public agencies must purchase clean buses for a quarter of all new buses under the new rules that the European Union adopted in February 2019.from 2030, the ratio will rise to one third.As a result, bus lines will expand significantly in European cities in the coming years.The C40 Declaration for fossil-free streets has been signed simultaneously by 40 cities, including Paris, Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, and Rotterdam, with the goal of zero-emission bus fleets by 2025.

To understand key trends, Download Sample Report

Asia Pacific is Leading the Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market

The electric bus charging infrastructure market in the Asia Pacific is led by China, followed by Europe and North America, respectively. Currently, 99% of electric buses in service are in China, due to the major air pollution problems in Chinese cities and the decision of local authorities to invest in transport that does not emit. Other developing countries like India are fueling the electric bus charging infrastructure market by adopting more electric buses in the country.

China is a key player in the global electric bus market and is home to 98% of the world’s electric buses. China is anticipated to sustain its dominance during the forecast period. In March 2021, more than 421,000 electric buses were in use China, which amounts to about 99.0% of the global fleet. The keen FOCUS on electrification of public transit with prevalent subsidies and national regulations is a major factor contributing toward the high market share of China in the global electric bus market.

China’s Ministry of Transport is offering subsidies and other benefits for the development of low emission bus fleets, thereby, further positively influencing the market. For instance, 61,000 more new energy buses were sold by Chinese bus makers during 2020, despite of the pandemic.

China’s electric bus expansion is expected to continue, with 420,000 additional electric buses ordered by 2025. Growth in the market and government support should also allow for a large increase in the number of electric bus fleets, which is approximately 40%.

Shenzhen and Guangzhou are leading cities in fully electric bus fleets, while more Chinese cities are expected to follow the same in coming years. During the forecast period, China may continue to witness growth in the adoption of electric buses, as more than 30 Chinese cities have made plans to achieve 100% electrified public transit by the start of 2021, including Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Foshan, and Zhongshan in the Pearl River Delta, along with Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shaanxi, and Shandong.

Although China is more focused on battery electric buses, there are significant number of hybrid buses in the country owing to the long-range possibilities offered by them. During the forecast period, series hybrid category is expected to account major share in hybrid bus category. Due to the ease in designing and assembling this type of powertrain, which reduces the overall cost of electric bus, more number od buses are expected to equip this type of powertrain.

Other important countries include India. However, in India, the acceptance of electric and hybrid buses is slow, primarily due to the cost factor. The average cost of hybrid or electric buses is 3-4 times higher than diesel buses. Furthermore, with the decrease in the cost of diesel, there is not much incentive for the operators to shift to hybrid or electric buses. Some cities, like Delhi and Mumbai, are using clean fuel, like CNG, for bus operations.

Thus, to make operators adopt electric buses, the Government of India unveiled the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 to accelerate the growth of the electric and hybrid components of the automotive sector. It focuses primarily on fast-tracking the manufacturing and introduction of EVs in India. For instance,

  • In September 2022, In India, on behalf of five state governments, CESL-Convergence Energy Services Ltd. (a subsidiary of EESL- Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.) granted a contract for 5,450 electric buses. CESL plans to conduct a 10 billion (Rs.80,000 crore) tender for 50,000 electric buses, which has been authorized by NITI Ayog to reduce pollution in India and boost E-Bus manufacturers.

To understand geography trends, Download Sample Report

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Industry Overview

The electric bus charging infrastructure market is consolidated and led by a few players, such as ABB Group, Proterra Inc. (also an electric bus manufacturer), ChargePoint Inc., Siemens AG, and Others. The companies are entering strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and product development to expand their brand portfolio.

  • In November 2021, The California Energy Commission has given the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) a USD 6 million grant to install one of the largest EV fleet charging systems in the United States that will be powered by a solar and storage microgrid. At the Washington Bus Yard, LADOT will install a 4.5MWh Apparent energy storage system in conjunction with 1.5 megawatts of rooftop and bus solar canopy to power five Proterra 1.5 megawatt fleet chargers with 104 remote EV charging dispensers.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Leaders

Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Report. Table of Contents

  • 1.1 Study Assumptions
  • 1.2 Scope of the Study
  • 4.1 Market Drivers
  • 4.2 Market Restraints
  • 4.3 Industry Attractiveness. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  • 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
  • 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
  • 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
  • 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
  • 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
  • 5.1 Charging Type
  • 5.1.1 Plug-in Charging
  • 5.1.2 Overhead Charging
  • 5.2.1 North America
  • 5.2.2 Europe
  • 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific
  • 5.2.4 Rest of the World
  • 6.1 Vendor Market Share
  • 6.2 Company Profiles
  • 6.2.1 Electric Charging Infrastructure Suppliers
  • 6.2.1.1 ABB Ltd
  • 6.2.1.2 Proterra Inc. (also electric bus manufacturer)
  • 6.2.1.3 ChargePoint Inc.
  • 6.2.1.4 Siemens AG
  • 6.2.2.1 BYD Auto Co. Ltd
  • 6.2.2.2 Daimler AG

You can also purchase parts of this report. Do you want to check out a section wise price list? Get Price Break-up Now

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Size Share Analysis. Growth Trends Forecasts (2023. 2028)

The Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market is segmented by Charging Type (Plug-in Charging and Overhead Charging), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World). The report offers the market size in value (USD Billion), and forecasts for all the above segments.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Size

Major Players

Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Need a report that reflects how COVID-19 has impacted this market and it’s growth?

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Analysis

The electric bus charging infrastructure market was valued at USD 1.68 Billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 6.63 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of around 16.4% during the forecast period (2022–2027).

During the coronavirus epidemic, numerous variables are influencing the worldwide electric bus charging infrastructure market. This industry, like most others, has suffered a significant downturn as a result of the epidemic. The key variables influencing the market growth are supply chain constraints and ‘falling demand for EV batteries.’ The market is being severely impacted by the lack of availability of the most significant components for battery manufacture. However, when supply chain constraints are relaxed due to fewer coronavirus infections, the industry’s leading players have begun research and development to boost market growth by incorporating cutting-edge technologies like 5G.

Over the long term, the global adoption of stricter pollution regulations is expected to boost electric car sales throughout the projection period. To meet the growing demand for EVs, manufacturers of automotive power modules have begun investing in expanding their production capacities, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region, which has the world’s highest sales and export of vehicles, as well as the lowest tariff on EV parts among ASEAN countries.

  • In September 2022, A pilot project, through which the Ministry of Road Transport Highways in India, is developing EV charging stations across 5000km of the national highway, is presently in its last stages of technical and commercial testing using electric buses on the Delhi-Jaipur line beginning September 9th, 2022. This will add a 278 km length to the previously performed 210 km trial run between Delhi and Agra in 2021, completing technical testing of a total of 500 miles across four states in its pilot phase: UP, Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan.

China and the United States registered higher adoption of electric buses. In the coming years, the above countries are expected to continue to deploy more electric buses, owing to strong encouragement from the governments, transit agencies, as well as other green vehicle-supporting communities and organizations.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Industry Segmentation

An electric bus charging infrastructure is a kind of infrastructure that is specifically designed for the charging of electric buses. Onboard batteries, a hydrogen fuel cell, overhead wires, as in a trolleybus application, or ground-based non-contact conductors can be used as the power source.

The electric bus charging infrastructure market is segmented by Charging Type, Power, Connector, and Geography.

By Charging Type, the market is segmented into Plug-in Charging and Overhead Charging.

By Power, the market is segmented into 450 kW, 151-450 kW, 50-150 kW, and 50 kW.

By Connector, the market is segmented into CHAdeMO, Combined Charging System (CCS), and Others.

and by Geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

The report also provides market sizing and forecast for all the above-mentioned segments.

Charging Type
Plug-in Charging
Overhead Charging
Geography
North America
Europe
Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

Report scope can be customized per your requirements. Click here.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market according to our research experts:

Governmental Efforts to Increase in the Number of Electric Buses

E-mobility is currently seen as the most promising technology to reduce exhaust emissions in transportation. Electric buses are replacing conventional diesel-fueled buses at an accelerating rate that is outpacing the adoption of battery-powered cars. According to forecasts by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, by 2030, ~28% of car sales are likely to be electric vehicles, while 84% of new buses will be electric buses.

The electric bus market is rapidly growing across the world owing to the governmental push to decarbonize public transportation in major countries. Many countries have established goals to procure electric buses. For instance,

electric, chargers, understand, different, charging

The Joe Biden administration has proposed a USD174 billion program to promote the adoption of electric vehicles with the goal of moving the United States toward zero-emission transportation. The major market players’ innovation in the emerging heavy-duty electric bus sector is boosting the market growth of e-buses by lowering their maintenance costs and efficiency.

China’s move toward electric vehicles is expected to continue, with 420,000 new electric buses expected to be purchased by 2025.Electric bus fleets should be able to grow significantly (about 40%) as a result of market expansion and government support.

By 2030, India wants to sell 70% of all commercial vehicles, including 40% of buses, as electric vehicles.The objective of achieving net zero carbon emissions is in line with this.

In Europe, electric bus registrations climbed by 48% in 2021 compared to 2020. Last year, 3,282 e-buses were delivered, increasing the total number of vehicles registered on the continent to over 8,500 since 2012. The European government has formulated various policies and has started projects for building the charging infrastructure across the region, primarily to meet the electric vehicle sales target.

The transportation sector, which contributes about 27% to Europe’s total greenhouse emissions, is also source of other dangerous emissions, like NOx. At present, approximately 725,000 buses operate in Europe, including all types of powertrains (electric and non-electric). Out of these, around 2,500 are electric buses, which indicates that the majority of them run on diesel. By 2025, public agencies must purchase clean buses for a quarter of all new buses under the new rules that the European Union adopted in February 2019.from 2030, the ratio will rise to one third.As a result, bus lines will expand significantly in European cities in the coming years.The C40 Declaration for fossil-free streets has been signed simultaneously by 40 cities, including Paris, Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, and Rotterdam, with the goal of zero-emission bus fleets by 2025.

To understand key trends, Download Sample Report

Asia Pacific is Leading the Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market

The electric bus charging infrastructure market in the Asia Pacific is led by China, followed by Europe and North America, respectively. Currently, 99% of electric buses in service are in China, due to the major air pollution problems in Chinese cities and the decision of local authorities to invest in transport that does not emit. Other developing countries like India are fueling the electric bus charging infrastructure market by adopting more electric buses in the country.

China is a key player in the global electric bus market and is home to 98% of the world’s electric buses. China is anticipated to sustain its dominance during the forecast period. In March 2021, more than 421,000 electric buses were in use China, which amounts to about 99.0% of the global fleet. The keen FOCUS on electrification of public transit with prevalent subsidies and national regulations is a major factor contributing toward the high market share of China in the global electric bus market.

China’s Ministry of Transport is offering subsidies and other benefits for the development of low emission bus fleets, thereby, further positively influencing the market. For instance, 61,000 more new energy buses were sold by Chinese bus makers during 2020, despite of the pandemic.

China’s electric bus expansion is expected to continue, with 420,000 additional electric buses ordered by 2025. Growth in the market and government support should also allow for a large increase in the number of electric bus fleets, which is approximately 40%.

Shenzhen and Guangzhou are leading cities in fully electric bus fleets, while more Chinese cities are expected to follow the same in coming years. During the forecast period, China may continue to witness growth in the adoption of electric buses, as more than 30 Chinese cities have made plans to achieve 100% electrified public transit by the start of 2021, including Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Foshan, and Zhongshan in the Pearl River Delta, along with Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shaanxi, and Shandong.

Although China is more focused on battery electric buses, there are significant number of hybrid buses in the country owing to the long-range possibilities offered by them. During the forecast period, series hybrid category is expected to account major share in hybrid bus category. Due to the ease in designing and assembling this type of powertrain, which reduces the overall cost of electric bus, more number od buses are expected to equip this type of powertrain.

Other important countries include India. However, in India, the acceptance of electric and hybrid buses is slow, primarily due to the cost factor. The average cost of hybrid or electric buses is 3-4 times higher than diesel buses. Furthermore, with the decrease in the cost of diesel, there is not much incentive for the operators to shift to hybrid or electric buses. Some cities, like Delhi and Mumbai, are using clean fuel, like CNG, for bus operations.

Thus, to make operators adopt electric buses, the Government of India unveiled the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 to accelerate the growth of the electric and hybrid components of the automotive sector. It focuses primarily on fast-tracking the manufacturing and introduction of EVs in India. For instance,

  • In September 2022, In India, on behalf of five state governments, CESL-Convergence Energy Services Ltd. (a subsidiary of EESL- Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.) granted a contract for 5,450 electric buses. CESL plans to conduct a 10 billion (Rs.80,000 crore) tender for 50,000 electric buses, which has been authorized by NITI Ayog to reduce pollution in India and boost E-Bus manufacturers.

To understand geography trends, Download Sample Report

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Industry Overview

The electric bus charging infrastructure market is consolidated and led by a few players, such as ABB Group, Proterra Inc. (also an electric bus manufacturer), ChargePoint Inc., Siemens AG, and Others. The companies are entering strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and product development to expand their brand portfolio.

  • In November 2021, The California Energy Commission has given the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) a USD 6 million grant to install one of the largest EV fleet charging systems in the United States that will be powered by a solar and storage microgrid. At the Washington Bus Yard, LADOT will install a 4.5MWh Apparent energy storage system in conjunction with 1.5 megawatts of rooftop and bus solar canopy to power five Proterra 1.5 megawatt fleet chargers with 104 remote EV charging dispensers.

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Leaders

Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Market Report. Table of Contents

  • 1.1 Study Assumptions
  • 1.2 Scope of the Study
  • 4.1 Market Drivers
  • 4.2 Market Restraints
  • 4.3 Industry Attractiveness. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  • 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
  • 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
  • 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
  • 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
  • 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
  • 5.1 Charging Type
  • 5.1.1 Plug-in Charging
  • 5.1.2 Overhead Charging
  • 5.2.1 North America
  • 5.2.2 Europe
  • 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific
  • 5.2.4 Rest of the World
  • 6.1 Vendor Market Share
  • 6.2 Company Profiles
  • 6.2.1 Electric Charging Infrastructure Suppliers
  • 6.2.1.1 ABB Ltd
  • 6.2.1.2 Proterra Inc. (also electric bus manufacturer)
  • 6.2.1.3 ChargePoint Inc.
  • 6.2.1.4 Siemens AG
  • 6.2.2.1 BYD Auto Co. Ltd
  • 6.2.2.2 Daimler AG

You can also purchase parts of this report. Do you want to check out a section wise price list? Get Price Break-up Now

Introducing All Electric Buses

On Saturday, November 5, 2016 County Connection and the City of Walnut Creek introduced the new electric trolley to the community. The celebration included guest speakers, light refreshments, and inaugural rides on one of the trolleys.

A special thanks to the project partners – Gillig Corporation, BAE, and WAVE for working with County Connection on the development of the electric bus, electrical power system and inductive charging station. Additional thanks were offered to FTA (the funding partner), PGE and BART.

About the Project

How We Got Here

In 2012, County Connection received a 4.32 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Clean Fuels Grant Program. The award allowed County Connection to purchase four electric trolley buses and two charging stations. The project was submitted by County Connection with support from the City of Walnut Creek.

The FTA Clean Fuels Program funds projects to help transit agencies purchase and support clean vehicles that reduce harmful emissions, increase fuel economy, and provide reliable transportation for passengers.

The electric trolley’s were built locally by Gillig and are the first electric buses to come off their line. These trolley’s also represent another first – a partnership between Gillig, BAE (manufacturer of the electric power system) and WAVE (the manufacturer of the inductive charging station).

The new electric trolleys will replace the existing diesel trolleys that are used on the popular Route 4 Free Downtown Trolley in Walnut Creek. The City of Walnut Creek provides operating assistance for the service, allowing passengers to ride for free. The buses run between the Walnut Creek BART station, downtown Walnut Creek, and the Broadway Plaza seven days a week.

about Inductive Charging

WAVE is the leading provider of en-route wireless power charging solutions that overcome traditional battery limitations in electric vehicles. Wireless power is delivered using electrical infrastructure embedded in the roadway and in vehicle-mounted receiver plates – also known as inductive charging.

This innovative approach to keeping batteries charged without returning the vehicle to the bus yard is what makes it possible to provide reliable and efficient transit service.

To see other projects delivered by Wave, visit their website

How does inductive charging work? Watch this video to learn more.

County Connection is pleased to announce the deployment of 4 new electric trolleys. The existing diesel trolleys have been in service since 2002 and with a useful life of 12 years, were eligible for replacement.

Will the trolley service continue to be free?

Yes. The Free Ride Trolley (Route 4), which has been in service for over 30 years, will continue to be free for all passengers.

How is County Connection able to provide this service for free?

The City of Walnut Creek subsidizes the fares for the Free Ride Trolley. Route 4 is one of County Connection’s most productive routes with average weekday boardings between 800-900 passengers.

Will there be any changes to the route?

No. The route and hours of operation will remain the same. However, there will be additional service during the holidays from November 25 th to December 31 st. Please visit our website for more information.

Who paid for the new electric trolleys?

Where are the charging stations?

One of the charging stations is located at County Connection’s bus yard. The second charging station is located at BART – Walnut Creek.

How will the trolleys be charged?

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At BART – Walnut Creek, the trolleys will be charged wirelessly. This is achieved through electromagnets embedded in the roadway and vehicle-mounted receiver plates. This is the same wireless charging principle as an electric toothbrush or a wireless smartphone charger, except optimized for a massive public-transit vehicle.

The charging station at County Connection’s bus yard is similar to conventional home plug-in stations, except that is it a higher voltage plug.

Is it safe to walk over the electromagnets embedded in the roadway?

Yes, it is safe to walk over the charging station at BART – Walnut Creek. The inductive charge is ONLY triggered when the bus drives over the charging plate.

What are the savings anticipated by this investment?

It is anticipated that the electric trolleys will reduce emissions by over 154 tons of CO2 per year as well as reduce fuel consumption by as much as 13,954 gallons annually, and result in annual fuel savings of nearly 50,000.

How many passengers can the new trolleys carry?

Each electric trolley has a seating capacity of 23 passengers. Standing is permitted on the trolley. Like the rest of County Connection’s fleet, the new trolleys are ADA accessible and are lift or ramp equipped.

Will County Connection deploy electric buses on other routes?

County Connection’s current electric bus fleet is limited to the four electric trolleys assigned to Route 4. However, earlier this year, County Connection was awarded a second FTA grant under the “Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program” to purchase additional electric buses. County Connection will evaluate all of its routes to determine where an electric bus would be most efficient.

Delivery Of The Buses

Contact Us

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County Connection

County Connection provides fixed-route and paratransit bus service for communities in Central Contra Costa County.

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