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A Giant Charger That Juices Up Electric Buses in Three Minutes


 It's a good alternative to slow setups that can take hours to charge vehicles, and allows for long-distance journeys if the driver's happy to stop at a rest area for a stretch every few hours.

But that model doesn't work for electric vehicles that can't afford to stop for 20 minutes at a time. Take, for example, city buses. They need something else. Something faster.

That's why Opbrid, a Spanish firm specializing in automatic charging systems for urban commercial vehicles, has designed the Busbaar V3, a new design for charging electric or hybrid buses for just a few minutes at a time, at a rate way beyond what Tesla's Superchargers produce. And now, they're being sent to Sweden for a test run.

Vehicles like city buses and delivery trucks are tempting candidates for electric powertrains. Internal combustion engines are at their least efficient when they're used in urban stop-and-go traffic, and it's easy to manage charging for vehicles that follow regular routes.

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