Repurposed shipping containers offer charging solution for ATN’s electric buses

Jan. 19, 2023
The charging stations allow ATN to charge buses along routes while a permanent location for its charging infrastructure is under construction.

The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) is supplementing its electric fleet’s charging requirements with a first-in-the-nation solution that utilizes repurposed shipping containers.

BP Pulse (formerly Amply Power) supplied two recycled shipping containers that have been outfitted to serve as portable charging units. ATN has been charging its electric bus fleet at its headquarters while it constructs a permanent charging facility in Orange County. The two units double ATN’s charging capacity.

“This new charging station allows ATN to put our growing zero-emission fleet onto the street immediately,” said ATN Executive Director Diana Kotler. “The location allows us to charge our buses along our routes instead of requiring all buses to be charged at our headquarters, saving time and guaranteeing the efficiency of our transit system. With the addition of this charging capability, we are well prepared to continue to grow our electric fleet, with a goal of being 100 percent electric by 2026.”

ATN will continue to charge vehicles at its headquarters in addition to the container-based charging system, which began operation the first week of 2023. ATN is using the new charging station to power both 60- and 40-foot electric buses until ATN’s permanent charging facility is completed this fall.

“The container-based technology will enable ATN to seamlessly meet the charging needs of our electric bus fleet while our new clean-air transit hub in Anaheim is under construction,” Kotler said. “We are pleased to continue to provide clean-fuel transit options for the residents, visitors and employees in our region.”

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