The Germany-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer AKASOL has signed a new supply contract with an unnamed Scandinavian commercial vehicle manufacturer that operates internationally, according to recent reports. The lithium-ion battery supply contract relates to the delivery of up to 4,500 battery systems for electric buses to the unnamed manufacturer through the year 2023 (to cover the needs of the manufacturer’s entire electric bus fleet during this time, apparently).
Green Car Congress provides more:
“The first series production buses fitted with AKASOL-battery systems are expected in 2018. The buses will feature either hybrid or battery-electric drive and have a capacity between 150 and 300 kWh.
“The lithium-ion battery systems developed in accordance with the standard ISO 26262 can fast-charge up to 500 kW, and reach more than 3,000 full cycles. In addition, they meet not only the automotive safety integrity level ASIL-C, but also all safety and performance requirements according to EUCAR, GB/T, UN 38.3 and EDE R100.”
While there haven’t been many details released publicly about the new contract, it is certainly a large one relative to what we’ve otherwise seen in Europe and the Americas in terms of electric bus orders. Perhaps it will end up serving as a sign of things to come. Considering that the electric bus market seems very likely to explode over the coming years, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case.
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