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Thursday 13 February 2020

Second-life batteries used to charge buses in German pilot

The Volkswagen Group has partnered with MAN Truck & Bus on a pilot project that uses second-life batteries as stationary storage to support the charging of electric buses.

At the bus depot of local transit operator VHH in the Bergedorf quarter of Hamburg, 50 battery packs, which were previously installed in VW Passat GTE plug-in hybrids, have been assembled to form a large virtual battery with a total capacity of 495 kWh. The project partners are testing several different scenarios to optimize power consumption, including cushioning of peak loads when charging electric buses (peak shaving).

“With the peak shaving method, the storage system can reduce up to 600 kW of peak load, and thereby lower the costs when using electricity,” said MAN Truck & Bus spokesperson Alexander Adler.

Read more on chargedevs.com


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