First all-electric bus route in Taipei

1st November 2018
Joe Bush

The city of Taipei, Taiwan, has opened its first all-electric bus route, with the fleet powered by electric drive trains delivered by Danfoss EDITRON, the electrification arm of the Danfoss group. Twelve buses serve the 31.5km long route across Taipei, linking four MRT stations, 11 schools and five major business districts. 

The 12-tonne buses are the lightest on the market in their class, thanks to the compact and lightweight design of the EDITRON system. The Danfoss Permanent Magnet Machines also reduce fuel and prolong the buses’ operation range. With zero emissions, the fleet is able to run above 260km when fully loaded, and over 300km when empty.

EDITRON’s control and monitoring software is capable of running self-diagnosis and is constantly monitoring and reporting to the control centre on motor temperature, power situation and remaining mileage. This greatly reduces the risk of sudden bus failure and improves the efficiency of the overall operation.

Each bus’s roof is equipped with a 302 square metre roof single crystal solar panel that can generate 130kW of electricity per day. Each bus can be charged in just five hours.

The buses were commissioned by RAC Electric Vehicles, and the company has already placed an order to Danfoss EDITRON for another 36 drive trains to be delivered early next year. This will help to support Taipei City Public Transportation Office’s new green energy policy, which aims to have 400 electric buses on its roads in the next four years. The long term goal for the city is to have an all-electric bus network.

Kimmo Rauma, Danfoss EDITRON Vice-President, commented: “We have been very active in Taiwan since we launched Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry in 2017 and we’ve seen how quickly electrification is happening in this region. As a company committed to fighting pollution, we are excited that Taipei has made the choice to electrify its bus fleet and, of course, that they chose Danfoss EDITRON technology to achieve that vision. The confidence shown in the EDITRON system confirms us as the high-quality choice for bus manufacturers and we look forward to many new projects in the pipeline.”

Danfoss EDITRON has a manufacturing partnership with Asia’s largest electric motor producer TECO Electric & Machinery Company. The company manufactures Danfoss EDITRON’s SPRM motors in Asia, making it easier for customers to equip themselves with the electric drive trains with a shorter lead time and advantageous prices. 

Urban electric buses constitute the fastest part of the EV market, and the Asian market is driving momentum with China taking the lead. The country is the world’s largest bus maker, producing 99% of the world’s global fleet, and is putting on the roads the equivalent of the entire London bus fleet every five weeks. 

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