AUSSIE ORDERS 'ACCEPTED' FOR NEW GERMAN 12M E-BUS

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Quantron


EXCLUSIVE: A NEW 12-metre electric bus – available as battery-electric (comparable to conventional diesel bus pricing) or as fuel-cell electric versions – will be made available to Australian operators, upon orders received, German e-mobility specialist Quantron confirms.

AUSSIE ORDERS 'ACCEPTED' FOR NEW GERMAN 12M E-BUS
Both the batteries (CATL) and the fuel cells (Ballard Power) come from the world's leading manufacturers of the respective technologies, Quantron confirms.

The "proven" Quantron 12-metre low-floor city bus can be ordered as early as the end of 2021 in battery-electric variant, and as a fuel-cell electric vehicle from European spring, 2022, it states.

"Our 12-metre bus will be also available as right-hand drive (RHD), so yes, we will also accept orders from Down Under," replied Quantron spokesperson Volker Seitz, when ABC magazine asked if there was any chance its new e-bus would ever made it to Australian shores - regulations permitted.

"We will publish more details in November," he added, which will include revealing the official name of the new bus.

"Our batteries are from the world-wide-leading and largest manufacturer, CATL [China]; By the way, CATL also supplies Daimler and other leading OEMs.

When asked what scope there was for local body builders to be added to the Quantron product, Volker answered: "Our fuel cells [are] from [Canada’s] Ballard Power and we sell the complete bus to our customers (and are open [to] if local manufacturers ask for [just the] e-chassis)."

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ALL INVOLVED

The vehicle is offered in close cooperation with Quantron investor and strategic partner Ev Dynamics, a European-Asian consortium of companies specialising in electric and hydrogen-based mobility, it explains.

Both the batteries (CATL) and the fuel cells (Ballard Power) come from the world's leading manufacturers of the respective technologies, Quantron confirms.

Ev Dynamics CEO Miguel Valldecabres Polop, explained: "Several thousand buses have already been produced. These have been operating successfully in Asia for years."

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PERFORMANCE NOTES

With fully electric drive, the bus achieves a maximum output of 250kW, the company states. The range is up to 300km, making the vehicle ideal for daily urban use, it adds.

Charging power is up to 80kW with a battery capacity of up to 422kWh, according to Quantron.

In terms of charging, the battery receives charge via a European-standard plug CCS 2 within three to six hours, depending on the battery size, it explains. Thus, this city bus is fully operational after overnight charging, it adds.

The battery system itself is adapted to the respective operational requirements and is compatible with various charging solutions, Quantron confirms.

Inside, the bus has a capacity for up to 95 passengers. The equipment for optimum passenger and driver comfort, as well as the interior and exterior design, are available in a range of specifications and styles to meet individual customer requirements, it adds.

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ABOUT QUANTRON

Quantron AG is a system provider of clean battery and hydrogen-powered e-mobility for commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and vans, it states.

In addition to new electric vehicles, the range of services offered by the ‘innovation forge’ includes the electrification of used and existing vehicles; the creation of individual overall concepts including the appropriate charging infrastructure, as well as rental, financing and leasing offers and driver training, it explains.

Quantron AG also sells batteries and integrated customised electrification concepts to manufacturers of commercial vehicles, machinery, and intralogistics vehicles, it adds.

Based in Augsburg, Bavaria, in Germany, Quantron is a pioneer and innovation driver for e-mobility in passenger, transport and freight traffic, it says. It has a network of 700 service partners and the comprehensive knowledge of qualified experts in the fields of power electronics and battery technology through its cooperation with CATL, the world's largest battery producer, it states.

Quantron AG, as a high-tech spin-off of the renowned Haller GmbH, combines 138 years of commercial vehicle experience with state-of-the-art e-mobility know-how, the company explains.

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Specs

NAME: Quantron 12-metre low-floor bus (BEV)*

WEIGHT: Permissible total - 19500kg

PERFORMANCE: Maximum power – 250kW; Maximum torque - 3400Nm

BATTERY: Range (BEV bersion) - 160-300km; Capacity - 242/281/363/422kWh; Charging time - 3-6 hours; Maximum charging power - 80kW

INTERIOR: Passenger capacity - 71-95

* All specifications are based on the current status August, 2021. Quantron reserves the right to change the technical features and specifications of its products without prior notice.

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