FPT Industrial to provide high-performance battery packs to IVECO Bus to support sustainable mobilityEngineering360 News Desk | February 03, 2023
FPT Industrial, a manufacturer of low-environmental-impact mobility solutions, will supply up to 500 high-performance battery packs to sister company IVECO Bus to equip its fleet of E-WAY full-electric 18 m articulated city buses to be delivered in Belgium, following a recently signed framework agreement with the Flemish government-owned public transport enterprise De Lijn.
The vehicles will be deployed in several cities in Flanders, with deliveries of the first batch of 65 vehicles beginning in 2024 and potentially continuing over six years. They will represent the largest fleet of IVECO Bus articulated electric buses in operation.
Produced at FPT Industrial’s new carbon-neutral ePowertrain Plant in Turin, Italy, these battery packs have been developed for light commercial vehicle (LCV), minibus and bus applications. The new production site is the first totally carbon-neutral IVECO Group plant, achieving its targets by offsetting carbon dioxide emissions with the purchase of energy from renewable sources and carbon credits.
The 69 kWh modular battery pack offers impressive energy density for best-in-class performance in city bus applications. Thanks in no small part to lithium nickel cobalt manganese technology, the most versatile, powerful and high-performance solution to date, the eBS 69 offers quick charging/discharging times.
The high flexibility and modular solutions make FPT battery packs adaptable to different applications, from urban to intercity buses. In addition to battery packs, the ePowertrain Plant also produces electric axles for heavy commercial vehicles and electric central drives for LCVs, representing another important milestone for FPT Industrial’s decarbonization path and for its strategy of achieving net-zero emissions for its products and all its industrial activities.