Batteries and charging

Operators would prefer to make as few changes as possible to the existing infrastructure in the transition from diesel to electric buses. We fully support this. Right from its creation in 2010 Ebusco has been a strong promoter of depot charging.

Our batteries are of such high quality that daytime top-up opportunity charging should not be necessary.
Overnight charging in depots is sufficient, and this also places less demand on the grid in daytime. Needless to say this makes a big difference in costs and it is also better for the battery, as it extends its useful life. Furthermore there is no need to install large charging posts in cities.

Ebusco battery technology

We believe we deliver the best battery in the market.

We strongly believe that LFP technology is the best there is in the market. The fact that most of the world’s electric buses (99% of which are operating in China) make use of this technology is sufficient testimony.
This technology is also renowned for its very high level of safety. Ebusco truly believes in this technology and is continuously improving and developing it.

Our expert Patrick Heuts gives a detailed explanation in this article

Battery warranty up to 10 years

Ebusco offers battery warranty for up to ten years. Depending on the wishes and requirements expressed, we discuss the best warranty with the customer. In doing so we look together at crucial aspects such as the number of kilometres, the load profile, the duration of the concession and the desired EOL capacity. Ebusco’s warranty can extend to 80% of remaining capacity, if that is required. We make an optimal proposition for each case, so that we relieve our customers of all concerns as regards batteries.

Because total control of batteries is a major factor in the TCO.

Cooperation with one of the world’s biggest battery makers

Ebusco works with one of the world’s biggest battery makers, together with which we deliver batteries with a high energy-to-weight ratio. This also gives them a longer useful life and enables us to give battery warranties. Furthermore we have carried out extensive tests of chassis strength calculations. The combination of the latest battery technology and an optimal bus design therefore leads to extensive range and sufficient passenger capacity.

Battery cooling & heating

Our Ebusco batteries include natural ventilation; no battery cooling is needed due to our technology. This is quite unique in this market. It saves weight and due to that cost reduction. Heating pads are inside the battery pack, active below 15 degrees.

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advantages

Battery

Battery

  • LFP technology (Lithium, iron, phosphate)
  • Excellent production circumstances
  • Top class materials (manufacturer owns its own mines)
  • Peak energy density (150Wh/kg)
  • Capacity >350 kWh (optional >400 kWh) (our 12 meter buses) and >500 kWh (our 18 meter buses)
  • Cobalt-free
  • 80,000 km a year on one battery
  • Up to 450 km based on driving efficiency in city centre
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Charging

Charging

  • No visual pollution
  • No permits needed
  • Significantly lower costs
  • Less maintenance of charging infrastructure
  • Cheaper charging during off-peak hours at night
  • Reduced bus weight, leading to more passengers on board, lower consumption and less maintenance
  • No extra power needed in urban areas
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Bus driver charges Ebusco bus

Development of new small footprint depot charger with CCS plug (2020)

Ebusco has developed a small footprint depot charger, which is scalable to different power levels (from 60 kW to 120 kW). The chargers can be supplied with a double plug, so that two buses can be charged at the same time. This way one bus can be recharged at the depot relatively quickly (120 kW) during the day, while at night two buses are plugged in to 2 x 60 kW.
These new depot chargers will be in operation at locations including Stadwerke München (Germany) as from 2020.

The universal CCS plug is a standard socket on the charging post, which all other electric vehicles can also plug into. We look to see how the transition from diesel to electric transport can be made as smoothly as possible, and this is the most efficient way.

Read the news article about this new CCS plug

Interview with an expert: Patrick Heuts

Patrick Heuts explains why Ebusco believes in LFP battery technology.

LFP batteries are the key for Ebusco

we are happy to advise

Ebusco offers a high-value large battery pack. As a result buses can run for a whole day without the need for top-up charging. This offers great advantages in terms of TCO.

There are various options as regards the final battery warranty, depending on the customer’s specific wishes and on many parameters such as the type of bus, the average usage, type of battery, etc. Because we started as long ago as 2010 with electric buses, we are experts in this field and we gladly advise and help our clients by making the right tailor-made propositions.

Charging depot bus

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