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The introduction of electric buses allows the broader public, especially in urban neighborhoods with high particulate air pollution or noise, to take direct advantage of electric mobility. Previous projects proved the technical feasibility of economically optimized charging systems for electric buses at but depots and even in some pilot projects for opportunity charging at intermediate bus stations. Current state of the art however builds upon demonstration projects with highly individual solutions.

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However, a broad and sustainable market launch of eBuses requires the establishment of international technical standards. Hence, eBusCS focuses on the domain-specific development and characteristics of agreed application scenarios, common architectures and communication interface supplements of today's status quo in the field of electric passenger vehicles and the internally recognized Combined Charging System (CCS).

Project duration: 01.08.2015 - 31.07.2018

The aim of the eBusCS consortium project is the sustainable technological development and standardization of an eBus system with focus on the integration into E-line buses and corresponding charging infrastructures as well as accompanying operational processes. Building on the overall project, the objective of the TU Dortmund subproject is to make a significant technological contribution to the standardization of the high-current charging interface of E-line buses by means of an evaluation and test system coordinated in the consortium project. The technological contributions are to be based on established technologies such as CCS / Combo and in accordance with the German Federal Government's "Ladesäulenverordnung" (LSV) from the e-vehicle sector in order to achieve a sustainable integration of the diverse market of buses and commercial vehicles into electrical infrastructures. The main objectives for the subproject can be derived from this overall objective in the following areas:

1. Technical standardization of the basic charging interface between eBus and charging infrastructure as well as corresponding test and test procedures for the communication of conductive and inductive charging systems.

2. Preparation and support of the market for eBuses

3. Sustainable integration of the system into existing infrastructure systems

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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