De Lijn goes for PSI Transcom’s charging management

Flemish public transport company De Lijn has decided to opt for the PSI eBus charging and depot management system from the German PSI Transcom. The PSI software package will control the charging processes of the electric buses and monitor all movements of the buses in De Lijn’s depots. The contract represents an amount of € 11,16 million.

De Lijn wants to offer 100% emission-free public transport in Flanders by 2035. This means that charging facilities for about 2 100 buses have to be created in more than 50 depots. That’s no picnic.

Assignment of tasks

At some of the company’s larger depots, sometimes more than 100 electric buses have to be charged. And with the peaking electricity prices since last year, it is crucial to optimize the charging process.

At the end of each day, PSI Transcom’s software determines which task a vehicle will receive the following day. This driving order enables the system to direct each electric bus to the correct parking position so that it can leave the depot in the right order the next morning.

Cost-effective

The software also manages the entire charging process as cost-effectively as possible, starting from the SOC (State of Charge) on arrival and taking into account the next day’s battery demand.

Why opt for PSI Transcom? According to De Lijn, the Berlin-based company’s system met De Lijn’s requirements and also submitted the best financial offer.

‘Sustainability targets’

“We were pleasantly surprised how well this application could anticipate when facing unexpected situations,” explained Ann Schoubs, Director-General of De Lijn.

Also, Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) is pleased with the final choice of De Lijn. “It will bring us a step closer to implementing our sustainability targets,” she concluded.

PSI Transcom, headquartered in Berlin, offers highly available control solutions to guarantee the safe and efficient operation of public transportation. Its software is used in buses in Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, among other places.

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