NORWAY: December marked the start of a two-year electric bus pilot project in Oslo, involving three operators running a total of six electric buses. The total cost of the pilot is NKr43m.

Nobina is operating two 18 m long articulated buses supplied by BYD on routes 31 and 31E, which are 17 km and 24 km long. They are the city’s busiest, carrying 15 million passengers a year, or 50 000 a day.

Battery capacity of these buses is 307 kWh, giving an expected range of 180 to 230 km. These are charged overnight using two 80 kW chargers at the Jernkroken depot.

Norgesbuss has put into service two 12 m long Solaris buses on the 12 km long route 60. With a battery capacity of 125 kWh, these are expected to cover 55 to 95 km between charging, which takes place at the Vippetangen terminus. The 400 kW fast charging infrastructure has been supplied by Eko Energetyka, with a roof-mounted Schunk pantograph enabling the bus to charge in 6 to 10 min.

Unibuss also has two 12 m long Solaris buses, which are in service on the 15 km route 74. These have a battery capacity of 75 kWh, giving an expected range of 45 to 65 km. Fast charging takes place in 5 to 8 min at the Mortensrud terminus using a 300 kW Siemens inverted pantograph. It is envisaged that another charging mast will be installed at the other terminus of Vika.