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Heliox has delivered a fast-charging network for electric buses operating in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in a bid to reduce emissions.
The deployment supports the country’s stated ambition to gradually phasing out diesel-powered buses.
Heliox’s OC 450 kW chargers are expected to provide Ekova Electric’s e-buses with ‘opportunity charging’, which allows batteries to be charged several times during the work cycle (usually eight hours).
The company says the system utilises a pantograph to begin charging within a couple of minutes.
Better charging infrastructure could help improve air quality in the Czech Republic. In March, a survey of 25 European countries revealed that it has the highest levels of toxic emissions caused by drivers.
Czech drivers ranked highest for using poor quality cars that are over 14 years old. Results also showed that the number of cars powered by sustainable fuel alternatives is at 0.7%, which is nearly 22 times less than in Poland.