Australian operators still appear to be adopting a wait and see approach in regards to electric buses.
That’s despite the widespread use of electric power in cities across Europe, as well as in China and North America.
Now its South America that is also starting to make the switch away from diesel for inner-city buses.
UK manufacturer Equipmake and Brazilian commercial vehicle manufacturer Agrale have announced a new partnership that will see them team up to build a new electric bus model that will go on sale in Argentina in 2020.
The 70-seat/12 metre bus (seen above) will be expected to travel around 300 kilometres per day, often in battery-zapping high-heat environments.
Equipmake will be responsible for developing the whole powertrain, providing the electric motors, power control and battery integration systems.
Underneath the bus will be an EBus drivetrain that will feature two APM200 motors, these are said to be the highest power/torque dense automotive electric motor in the world.
While power will be provided by the latest generation lithium-ion cells.
Equipmake promising the bus will have enough range for one day’s running without the need for charging.
The project is being supported by the UK government and testing is expected to commence in coming months ahead of production and those 2020 deliveries.
“We have always prided ourselves on our ability to offer the complete EV drivetrain solution and this project will allow us to show off all of our skills, of which proprietary technology such as the APM200 spoke motor is a very important part.” – Ian Foley, managing director of Equipmake.
“The potential for this project is huge. Buenos Aires has around 16,000 buses on its streets – that’s roughly twice the size of London’s fleet – and the global market is around 300,000 vehicles per annum.
“With many experts predicting that all buses will be electric by the middle of the next decade, our Ebus drivetrain has much promise.”
We will keep you updated as further news on the project comes to hand.
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