LECLANCHÉ SUPPLIES BATTERY PACKS FOR SKODA ELECTRIC BUSES
Swiss energy storage company Leclanché SA and Škoda Electric, a manufacturer of electric drives and traction motors for trolley and electric buses, have signed an agreement through which Leclanché will provide Škoda Electric with battery solutions for its electric bus expansion strategy. The agreement is worldwide in scope and will operate for an initial term of five years.
Leclanché will provide Škoda Electric with high energy G/NMC batteries for overnight charging and ultra-fast power battery solutions for its e-buses . Its solutions will be modular, thereby enabling Škoda Electric to build e-buses from 6 meters to 26 meters across all market segments, including smaller LTO battery packs for more regular charging, such as at bus stations during the day.
The first targeted delivery of the partnership will be the release of a battery system by the end of this year, scalable between 50 - 350kWh and certified for the European market according to ECE-R100.r2.
The global e-bus fleet comprised approximately 173,000 vehicles in 2015 of which 170,000 are in use in China. Europe is the second biggest market for e-buses and by 2016 the continent had more than 1,300 vehicles delivered or on order, according to the European ZeEUS project. The industrial e-transport sector is expected to expand at a CAGR of 37% over the coming years, according to Navigant Research.
Most European metropolitan areas are targeting zero-emission environments, and increasing numbers of transport companies are considering a fully-electric solution for their urban bus networks.