The WORLD's largest opportunity & depot charge network: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

March 29, 2018

Challenge

To contribute to an emission-free society, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport committed to becoming one of the most sustainable airports in the world. With the experience Connexxion/Transdev had gained in Eindhoven with an e-bus fleet of 43 busses, the local public transport authority was confident to take up the new challenge. It would require creating the largest fast-charging network in the world

 A total of 100 e-busses were to be deployed to drive on six lines surrounding the airport.  To do that, a large-scale infrastructure of 13 MW had to be implemented in 4 different locations simultaneously. Another essential factor to tackle was to ensure the highest up-time of the e-fleet since the busses would be operating on the routes 24/7. 

Solution

All 100 all-electric busses were deployed to drive in a 24/7 operation in the surroundings of the airport. This ambitious goal required a 13 MW charging solution, which Heliox delivered. The charging infrastructure combined opportunity and depot charging that ensure high up-times. Following the principles of the Bus-Up model, the solution used a pantograph mounted on the bus, proven to be a reliable and robust design. It also included remote management through a back-office system to ensure maximum availability and high operation time. The order comprised 23 Heliox OC 450 kW chargers placed in depots and 2 locations en route. Besides that, 84 Heliox FAST DC dual 30 kW chargers were placed in 2 depots for overnight charging. Additionally, Heliox also provided  2 Heliox FAST DC 25 kW mobile chargers for service and maintenance for the depots.

Outcome

This project is an excellent example that Heliox's technology is ready to support large-scale global projects. With the commissioning and installation time of less than a year, the 100 e-bus fleet was ready to start full operation at the Schiphol airport area. Sustainability is our competitive advantage