Sunday, 6 December 2020


The Dutch bus manufacturer Ebusco has joined forces with Dutch company, Rocsys, to automate bus charging equipment. Rocsys is a supplier of plug-in robots. 
Both companies joined forces to automate bus depots through robotisation. The innovative Rocsys robot ensures that the CCS plug of the depot charger is plugged into the bus automatically and 100% correctly without the driver having to do anything.

According to Peter Bijvelds, CEO of Ebusco the advantages of automating bus depots are many and varied. “Automating this process means there is no need for human hands and that has two major benefits. It saves time and it eliminates the risk of a bus not being charged in the morning, because someone forgot to plug in the bus or the plug wasn’t inserted properly."

Automation adds to the choices that have to be made when using the bus fleet in a concession. Often it is necessary to decide at an early stage how and where to charge electric buses. 

Ebusco states that plug-in charging is the best solution because no expensive infrastructure is needed in case of fast charging by pantographs. Its buses are equipped with LFP battery technology that makes it possible to drive more than 350 km (217 miles) on a single battery charge. 

Bijvelds also commented: “This innovative robot combined with pug-in charging saves on costs, time and permits compared to pantograph solutions.”

The prototype robot is ready and working. Delivery of the first series of robots will take place in April 2021.

click here to see a video of the prototype