The introduction of bus vehicles with greater operating range and passenger capacity will be possible owing to a new generation of traction batteries based on a new module.

FREMONT, CA: Traction batteries for bus vehicles in the M3 (Category M3: a motor vehicle used for the carriage passengers) approval class that use lithium-ion cells are a relatively new branch of the automotive industry. The first electric buses were exhibited in the second decade of the twenty-first century, and 1,714 electric buses were registered in Europe in 2020, accounting for 6.1 percent of the new bus vehicle market and marking a growth of 18.4 percent over 2019. Poland has 200 registrations, which is the third greatest number after the Netherlands (446 units) and Germany (288 units). Without the ongoing development of lithium-ion batteries, such rapid expansion would not have been conceivable.

As a result, a leading manufacturer of battery systems for public, industrial, and commercial transport (including AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) robots), Impact Clean Power Technology, has stepped in with its new offering. The firm has designed and built a new battery module with the highest energy density on the market of 300Wh/kg, based on Silicon Rich Anode cells. The LEO300 module was created under the VDA PHEV2 format, which is widely used.

“Our primary focus now is to develop, design, and produce battery pack systems that enable end-users like buses, trucks, and others to remain competitive in the European market,” says BartekKras, CEO, Impact Clean Power Technology. The business has also been regarded “Top 10 Energy Storage Systems Solution Companies–2021” by Energy Tech Review Europe. The LEO300 module format makes it simple to incorporate into existing energy storage systems. Further, it also makes it easier to integrate the LEO300 module into bus vehicles, allowing for a quantum leap in the density of energy stored in onboard accumulators, resulting in greater vehicle competitiveness. At the storage level, the realized energy density is greater than 260 Wh/kg (Watt-hour per kilogram)

With a range of more than 500 kilometers, electric buses may now operate in areas formerly reserved for internal combustion engine vehicles, such as suburban lines or locations with a lack of energy infrastructure that hinders the establishment of a network of quick-charging stations. The LEO300 module is a technological breakthrough that enables bus battery systems to have extended ranges, longer battery life, and faster charging times.