RusAutoNews.Com – The first electric bus, developed by Russian Drive Electro company specially for the Turkish car manufacturer Otokar, has been delivered to Turkey.
The contract for the development and the creation of the electric buses, equipped with the engineering company Drive Electro’s own production lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, was concluded with Otokar in December 2016 and the first sample of the vehicle has already been sent to Turkey from Moscow in August 2017.Otokar plans to conduct factory tests on the electric bus, to be followed by trial operations by the municipality of Istanbul.
As stated by the press office of Drive Electro, the electric buses are 100% low-floor, 12m long large class vehicles. The power reserve of the electric bus with LTO battery is within the range of 40-50 km. Charging takes place at the final stops of the routes for 6-10 minutes, which is 20 times less than the average charging time of the previous generation of batteries.
Drive Electro has implemented a number of battery run electric passenger transport projects up to today. NEFAZ electric cars and buses, developed by Drive Electro under the commission of the fuel company of Rosatom: TVEL, have been in operation in Novosibirsk since 2012. 13 trolleybuses have been running on the routes of Tula since 2014, which are the world’s first trolleybuses based on lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries. Drive Electro has manufactured the first electric buses with LTO batteries in Russia in cooperation with KAMAZ in Spring 2015. The vehicle has already passed the all-season tests in Moscow region on the route to Skolkovo, to be followed by Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region. Tests are being conducted in Lipetsk at the moment. 10 trolleybuses with Drive Electro LTO batteries have been sent to Gorelectrotrans in St. Petersburg in August 2017. The company has also projects on the development of electric vehicles on the chassis of Ford Transit and GAZelle LCV.
The Russian company has also entered the East European market. Joint production of Drive Electro and Belkommunmash: 32100D trolleybuses with a large margin of autonomous movement have been running on the roads of Gomel and Grodno (Belarus) since the end of 2016.