Panto up: Volvo adds roof-mounted pantographs to EV charging range

Volvo Buses has revealed a roof-mounted pantograph charging solution for its rigid and articulated 7900 Electric buses, called panto up.

The solution is due to be introduced in autumn 2021, and offers a new alternative for charging electric buses at bus stops or depots.

Volvo Buses has already introduced OppCharge, its charging station-mounted pantograph solution, presently deployed at Birmingham Airport. It also offers a cable charging solution for depots known as Combo2/CCS.

“With a flexible range of alternatives for charging buses, we meet the varied demands and wishes of our customers and pave the way for quicker and easier transition to electrified bus traffic,” says Ulf Magnusson, SVP Business Unit Europe at Volvo Buses.

The latest solution is based on technology from Schunk Group, an international technology supplier. It claims to offer compact installation and low additional on-board weight.