As part of its environmental policy to reduce CO2 emissions from public vehicles, the EU has released a new vehicle directive that mandates the percentage of buses that must be emission-free by 2025 and 2030.
It lays out targets for each EU member, with Germany for example, targeted with having 22.5% of all buses as zero emission, increasing to 32.5% by 2030. This will drive huge demand for the development of new electric buses to meet these targets.
In addition, cities including Paris and Berlin have already committed to higher volumes of electrification at earlier dates than the mandate requires.
While the onus has traditionally been on bringing new electrical buses to market, not to be overlooked is the role retrofitting existing buses will play in meeting these crucial targets. In order to achieve this, existing bus, owner, operators and manufacturers will need to act now to invest in retrofitting.
Bringing together several decades of combined experience and expertise in the development and integration of electric drives for buses, BMZ, HORIBA MIRA and ZIEHL-ABEGG will develop and supply highly efficient, safe and reliable, electric powertrain solutions to electric bus manufacturers, operators and owners, with the option of a complete retrofit service for customers that need it.
Global player in powertrain technology, ZIEHL-ABEGG, will provide their compact and efficient electric axle for emission-free buses, BMZ, Europe’s leading battery system manufacturer will provide the latest in battery technology and HORIBA MIRA, world-leading automotive engineering, verification and validation consultancy, will provide the vehicle control software, manage the integration of the electric drive systems and provide functional safety support to meet ISO26262.