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City of Genoa Uses Siemens Charging Infrastructure, Rampini eBuses

July 30, 2020
Project to help create an energy-efficient and sustainable model of urban mobility in Genoa, Italy.

The City of Genoa's public transport operator AMT Genova (AMT) has selected Siemens Smart Infrastructure to provide the charging infrastructure for 10 Rampini E80 electric buses (eBus) in Genoa, Italy. This project will help the AMT continue to electrify the public transport system in Genoa to create an energy-efficient and sustainable model of urban mobility. The Siemens charging infrastructure is scheduled to be commissioned by the summer of 2021.

In the first wave, Siemens will supply 10 innovative plug-in charging systems for the AMT's Cornigliano depot, enabling eBus recharging overnight or during other operational breaks planned by the operator. The space-saving design makes it possible to subsequently deploy up to 60 charging units in the bus depot for as many eBuses — a future-proof modular approach.

Based on the Siemens Sicharge UC 100 overnight plug-in charging systems, which are compliant with the latest international standards and have a charging capacity of up to 100 kW, the depot will be able to charge the buses using power cables that can be pulled out from the top. This space-saving design concept maximizes the number of buses that can be charged in a single depot. Combined with Siemens smart charging software, all the charging operations will be intelligently optimized in order to minimize overall energy consumption and peak loads of the depot.

Equipped with 200-kWh battery packs, the 10 E80 eBuses by Rampini have a width of 2.2 m and a capacity of 43 passengers. With these structural dimensions, they are the only eBuses in Europe that guarantee the highest levels of maneuverability in historic city centers.

"This first public transport electrification project in Italy proves the potential of our flexible and compact solution, which can be adapted and integrated even in this small historic facility. We are proud to offer our technology to make Genoa's urban mobility even more efficient and sustainable," said Marco Rastelli, head of the distribution systems business unit at Siemens Italy.

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