The all-electric city bus is scheduled to go on sale by next year.
Commercial bus maker Scania´s product range on display at the 2017 Busworld Kortrijk show also includes the battery-run low-floor city bus Scania Citywide. The Citywide LF Electric, which was on initial trials in Sweden, has received first-ever public premiere at the bus expo in Belgium.
Although the company has not revealed any technical specifications and performance ratings of the electric drivetrain, it is understood that the battery-electric technology has been developed in-house after rigorous testing. Typical Combined Charging System (CCS) via cable sourcing of power from the main grid is available in these buses.
In addition, Scania´s innovative wireless inductive charging is worth mentioning. This under body charging units built exclusively at the bus stops, so that the battery gets replenished while waiting for passengers. Sources say that a 7-minute charging can extend the driving range of the city buses by 14 kms.
Scania claims that this method of opportunity charging is designed specifically for high-capacity urban routes. The system is already on test in the Swedish city of Södertälje for the brand´s electric-hybrid buses. Volvo Buses, on the other hand, is banking more on the open-source “OppCharge” opportunity charging infrastructure in Europe for its pure-electric and e-hybrid buses.
The Scania Citywide LF Electric on display at the show is more than just a mobility product, but a work of art too! The designers have made exotic lighting impressions inside the cabin, with the use of unique and novel materials of Scandinavia. The roof brings wondrous rendition of the `Northern Lights´phenomenon, that is popular in the region of northern Sweden where the e-bus is soon to be inducted into service.
Apart from the Citywide LF Battery-Electric, Scania´s buses portfolio at the 2017 Busworld Europe event includes Scania Touring, Scania Interlink HD, Scania Interlink MD, and Scania Interlink LD Hybrid.
Scania Citywide LF Battery Electric – Image Gallery
Photo Credits: Scania