27 Nov 2018


A remarkable solution to tackle charging problems with an electric bus was shown at Busworld Russia, powered by Autotrans, by
the Russian company PC Transport Systems (PCTS). This unique electric bus, called Pioneer, employs a clever Mobile Battery Storage (MBS) system that makes it possible to increase its driving distance while maintaining maximum passenger capacity.

The idea is as simple as can be. The bus itself operates on 72kWh batteries which should give the bus a range of 70 kilometres at 15 degrees Celsius. In the Russian winter however at minus 25 degrees this falls to a minimum of 25 km but of course with the electric heating on. In rural areas is the idea it might be that after a few routes there is not enough time to recharge the bus. To avoid this problem and avoid installing expensive charging infrastructure, tram builder PCTS, “Production Company for Transport Systems” and based in St. Petersburg and Tver, came up with the solution of the Mobile Battery Storage, a small trailer with batteries to charge the bus while driving. This way the bus can continue its route without delay. Wen the bus is fully charged the trailer can be hooked off at a charging point to be charged again and the bus drives on. The trailer also has a 72 kWh battery on board, but can be expanded with three of those batterypacks if wanted.

The Pioneer, as this innovative bus is named, has a lightweight aluminium body with a wagon layout of the passenger compartment, high comfort with 100% low floor. There are several options for interior layout, multi-variant visual design.

Because the electric bus does not depend on charging infrastructure this increases the mobility and manoeuvrability of the bus. According to PCTS the design of the electric bus provides low operating costs, including electricity, because as it says it allows the operator to use the existing power system of a city without the need for any extra charging infrastructure. The driveline consists of TheWheel by Ziehl-Abbeg from Switzerland. The bus is 11,740mm long and is 2,550mm wide. There 29 seats upon a total capacity of 85 passengers. The doors are very wide. Inside the Pioneer has a lot of space and an overall low-floor. The driver is situated in a cabine directly above the front axle which also means there is practically no overhang. The bus is constructed from four segments indicating the origin of the producer: trams. PCTS started in 2014 with building trams in which it has been quite successful in Russia. Until now several hundred trams are delivered in various cities in Russia. Its first tramcar entered for testing facility to Moscow Bauman Depot in November 2014,The first trams were delivered in 2016 in Volgograd and in Moscow in March 2017. All trams PCTS produces are 100% low floor. At the heart of trams is a unique patented flexible pivoted bogie. Also PCTS produces the Admiral a trolleybus with a 100% low-level passenger compartment floor. For more information: website http://pk-ts.org/en/

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