FIRST ELECTRIC BUS FOR NEW ZEALAND
The 35-seater bus becomes part of Auckland’s AUT fleet in a joint initiative between this company, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and the bus company, Tranzit Group.
As well as providing sustainable transport for hundreds of students every day, the bus will operate as a mobile research tool providing data to understand the economics and performance of electric buses on New Zealand roads.
The bus has 12 Microvast battery packs and a driving range of 320 km. EECA and Tranzit Group have paid $738,500 to cover the cost of upskilling engineers so the country's first electric bus could be developed and built locally, as well as the charging infrastructure.
Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga built the body of the bus, and the electric engines and chassis were built by Times Electric Group in China.
Besides providing a sustainable transport option, AUT will be researching the potential impact of electric buses on the electricity grid and gathering other key information. This includes energy consumption, battery capacity, battery charging rate, duration and number of trips, mileage, average speed, charging duration and electricity consumption, regeneration and braking data.
The batteries for New Zealand’s first electric bus are of the Microvast fast charging LpTO type, that can be fully charged in 10-15 minutes and offer a good operating mileage, providing sustainable transport for hundreds of students every day.
New Zealand is one of the countries with the most abundant geological landscapes in the world. The terrain is dominated by mountains and hills with many slopes on the road. As the first full electric bus to settle in New Zealand, operators attached great importance to the climbing capability of the battery. Microvast fast charging battery system met the strict requirement, successfully operating on steep slopes up to a 12% grade with an average power consumption of 0.75 kWh/km and providing solutions for the electric bus to conquer the challenges faced by the country.
This is not the first time Microvast has faced the challenge of slopes. As early as 2011, Microvast powered the first full fast-charging e-bus fleet in Chongqing, a city that has similar geological landscapes to New Zealand. The fleet has by far the most successful operating record of all full e-bus fleets deployed in Chongqing which proves the good climbing performance of Microvast fast charging batteries. Up to now, Microvast batteries have been delivered in more than 150 cities among 13 countries, accumulating more than 1.9 billion km of service and maintaining a zero-accident record.