Moxie+ Lithium Ion Batteries via B3CG Interconnect for Lion Bus
Indiana’s EnerDel will supply lithium batteries to Quebec-based B3CG Interconnect for a new battery electric bus to be built by Lion Bus, also of Quebec.
Each 72-seat vehicle will feature composite body materials and an electric powertrain with lithium ion batteries providing more than 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough for a single-charge range of approximately 50 miles, “sufficient to travel the typical school bus route,” EnerDel says.
EnerDel is to supply its newest high-density Moxie+ brand battery modules and Secure+ battery management system, manufactured in Indiana. The final battery and wiring harness assembly will be completed by B3CG in Quebec.
‘An Exceptional Program’
EnerDel notes that the Quebec government awarded Lion Bus a contract to develop the battery bus as part of the Canadian government’s Transportation Electrification Strategy. Under the government strategy, more than 10,000 all-electric vehicles are to be introduced on Quebec roads by 2017. The all-electric school bus market in Canada is pegged at more than 250 buses annually.
“The Quebec Government has created an exceptional program to develop and electrify public transportation, EnerDel CEO David Roberts says in the Tuesday release. “Participation in this national program would not be possible without strong partnership with B3CG,” Roberts said.
“Collaborating with EnerDel gives us access to reliable and safe battery technology and allows us to enter into the battery industry,” B3CG president and CEO Stefan Baumans says in the EnerDel announcement. “We spent significant efforts selecting the right supplier from among the key players in the lithium-ion market,” he said.
B3CG Cites ‘Worry-Free Operation’
“EnerDel’s product offerings fulfilled our needs for a high quality, safe product. Their unique aftermarket approach allows our end customers to enjoy worry-free operation and lower total cost of ownership,” Baumans said.
The first prototype battery system components have been delivered and are being prepared for system integration and vehicle testing, EnerDel says. The start of series production of the battery bus, and introduction of the first vehicles to regular service, is planned for 2015.
B3CG Interconnect has a 43,000-square-foot in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, and a 20,000-square-foot plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y. B3CG’s strategy “involves leveraging its expertise in connectivity and power batteries to develop proprietary technology for smart battery modules designed for electric vehicles,” EnerDel says.
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