Impact Clean Power Technology has unveiled battery systems tailored to the next generation of Alexander Dennis buses, the Enviro100EV and the double-decker Enviro400EV. Production of both vehicle types has already commenced, with deliveries to customers in the UK and Ireland planned for the early months of 2024.
Bartek Kras, Vice President of Impact’s Board said, “In response to our partner Alexander Dennis’s expectations, we have developed and delivered a forward-looking battery system based on the new generation of lithium-ion NMC cells. The battery dimensions allowed for their placement within the bus in a way that, for example, increased the overall passenger capacity of the Enviro400EV vehicle by 19%. Furthermore, our battery has been designed to be easily modified over time at both the package and module level, as well as individual cells. In the rapidly evolving battery technology market, we provide users with the ability to modify and incorporate newer technologies throughout the vehicle’s entire lifespan. “
Paul Davies, President and CEO of Alexander Dennis said, “The pace of change in our industry is rapid. We are proud of the progress we’ve made in electric buses over the past seven years, as well as our extensive range of low-emission technologies that were available before this era. Now it’s time for us to take zero-emission buses to the next level.”
The batteries are mounted inside the chassis and the rear of the vehicle, and under the stairs in the case of the Enviro400EV. Floor-mounted packages are mechanically isolated and not directly attached to the chassis, protecting them from external loads resulting from twisting and impacts that could cause premature damage.
If new battery sets are needed during the vehicle’s operation, they will take advantage of the advancements in the performance of subsequent generations of technological advancements without the need for vehicle modifications because package dimensions and interfaces with the vehicle are standardized. The company is already planning the next generation of NMC batteries for Alexander Dennis, which will further extend the operational range of the next-generation Enviro100EV and Enviro400EV buses.