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New smart electric charging terminals in Bilbao

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Laura Rangel Ybarra

September 28, 2023 | 4:00 p.m.

Smart charging in Bilbao: An innovative energy solution

Within the framework of the Medusa project, the installation of eight charging terminals in the garages of billobus of Elorrieta, an initiative that aims to transfer energy from the Bilbao Metro to the buses of public transport urban Bilbao operated by Alsa.

This project, supported by European Next Generation funds, focuses on energy efficiency. The metro's electrical network is used to complement the Bilbobus service 24 hours a day, adapting to the availability of power. With the support of Bilbao City Council, Alsa, Bilbao Metro and the Medusa organization, the aim is to optimize the contracted power of existing electrical infrastructures.

Smart charging for electric buses

The Medusa intelligent charging system will allow dynamic charging management, adjusting it according to the power availability of the Bilbao Metro. During the day, when the metro is in operation, the power supply to the trains will be prioritized. While at night, when the metro does not operate, bus recharging will be more intense.

This solution aims to minimize the need for investments in new electrical connections. To then make the most of the contracted power without interfering with the railway service.

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This aligns with the European Commission's strategy of using existing infrastructure to electrify other means of transport, avoiding costly specific investments.

A step towards decarbonization

With the support of the Medusa initiative, the Bilbobus bus fleet will continue its decarbonization process. This advance is especially relevant, since it coincides with the 35th anniversary of Bilbao's urban public transport service. This year, a total of 21 electric vehicles will be incorporated, which will contribute significantly to reducing emissions and promoting more sustainable mobility in the city.

The implementation of these smart charging terminals represents an important step towards a more efficient, ecological and future-oriented public transport system in Bilbao. Furthermore, it demonstrates how collaboration between different actors can generate innovative solutions that benefit the community and the environment.

This project reflects the vision of a modern and sustainable Bilbao, committed to electric mobility and energy efficiency, and sets an example to follow in the transition towards cleaner and more environmentally friendly transport.

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