Electric bus concept pops batteries in trailer

Electric bus gets seperate tow-along battery pack

Here’s a new idea, at least one we haven’t come across before, an electric bus with the batteries mounted in a seperate trailer.

Unveiled at recent bus show by Russian manufacturer, PC Transport Systems, the electric Pioneer 2 low-floor city bus tows its batteries along in the trailer, otherwise known as a ‘Mobile Battery Storage (MBS) system’.

The company tell us this allows for increased driving distance without impacting on passenger capacity.

There’s also a battery pack mounted in the roof of the bus and together the batteries are good for around a 200 kilometre run, from a full charge.

But, aside from the extra space you get by running the batteries in the seperate trailer unit, PC Transport Systems say the trailer can be swapped out quickly for a fully charged trailer, meaning the whole bus doesn’t have to be off the road for a recharge.

And it was all designed to work in any conditions that might come its way – from -40 degrees C to +40 degrees C.

electric bus interior
Having the batteries separate allows for maximum interior space

The business, which made its name in Russia in trolley bus and tram manufacturing, has been operating for the past five years and Feliks Vinokur, president of PC Transport Systems, said he was proud of the new bus.

“The Pioneer electrobus is a result of designer, engineering and technical ideas. It is a roomy, environmentally acceptable, energy-saving, socially oriented urban transport.

“I am pleased that we are successful in creation of a really good vehicle.”

No word yet on the bus being offered outside of Russia, as always we’ll keep you updated as further info comes to hand.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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