Danfoss Editron powers first all-electric bus route in Taipei

Thursday, November 1, 2018

First all-electric bus route in Taipei

  • The route consists of 12 buses, with plan to add 400 electric buses to the city’s network in the next 4 years.

  • With zero emissions, the fleet can run above 260 kilometers when fully loaded.

  • Danfoss Editron has been commissioned to deliver another 36 drivetrains early next year.

The city of Taipei has opened its first all-electric bus route, with fleet powered by electric drivetrains delivered by Danfoss Editron, the electrification arm of Danfoss group. 12 buses serve the 31.5 kilometers-long route across Taipei, linking 4 MRT stations, 11 schools and 5 major business districts.  

The 12-ton buses are the lightest on the market in their class thanks to the extremely compact and lightweight design of the Editron system. The system’s highly-efficient Danfoss permanent magnet machines also reduce fuel and prolong the buses’ operation range. With zero emissions, the fleet is able to run above 260 kilometers when fully loaded, and over 300 kilometers when empty.

Editron’s control and monitoring software is capable of running self-diagnosis and is constantly monitoring and reporting to the control center on motor temperature, power situation and remaining mileage. This greatly reduces the risk of sudden bus failure and improves the efficiency of the overall operation.

Each bus can be charged in just five hours, and their roof are is equipped with a 302-square-meter roof single crystal solar panel that can generate 130kW of electricity per day.

The buses were commissioned by RAC Electric Vehicles, and the company has already commissioned Danfoss Editron for another 36 drivetrains to be delivered early next year. This will help to support Taipei City Public Transportation Office’s new green energy policy, which aims to have 400 electric buses on its roads in the next 4 years. The long-term goal for the city is to have an all-electric bus network.

Kimmo Rauma, Danfoss Editron Vice-President, commented: “We have been very active in Taiwan since we launched Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry in 2017 and we’ve seen how quickly electrification is happening in this region. As a company committed to fighting pollution, we are excited that Taipei has made the choice to electrify its bus fleet and, of course, that they chose Danfoss Editron technology to achieve that vision. The confidence shown in the Editron system confirms us as the high-quality choice for bus manufacturers and we look forward to many new projects in the pipeline.”.

Danfoss Editron has a manufacturing partnership with Asia’s largest electric motor producer TECO Electric and Machinery Company. The company manufactures Danfoss Editron’s SPRM motors in Asia, making it easier for customers to equipped themselves with the market-leading electric drivetrains with a shorter lead time and advantageous prices.

Urban electric buses constitute the fastest part of the EV market, and the Asian market is driving momentum with China taking the lead. The country is the world’s largest bus maker, producing 99% of the world’s global fleet, and is putting on the roads the equivalent of the entire London bus fleet every five weeks.

Danfoss Editron

Danfoss Editron

Danfoss Editron specializes in hybrid and electric powertrain systems for off-highway and marine markets. A business division of Danfoss, it develops and manufactures high-performance, Editron power systems for heavy duty vehicles, machines and marine vessels, based on its unique synchronous reluctance assisted permanent magnet (SRPM) technology.