The Russian company Drive Electro will supply lithium titanate batteries for another 200 electric buses to Moscow this year. This is not the first order from the Russian capital for the company.
A total of 400 electric buses in the Russian capital are already running on batteries from Drive Electro. There are already 600 electric buses on the road in Moscow, and 400 more are to be added by the end of the year, meaning half of them will receive batteries from Drive Electro.
The lithium titanate batteries are supposed to enable a range of 350 to 400 kilometres. In addition, according to the manufacturer, the technology will be able to run in “record low or high temperatures”, making it ideal for Moscow’s challenging climate.
In addition to manufacturing and supplying components, Drive Electro has been responsible for the complete maintenance of the buses’ drive technology and batteries since the first model went into service in 2019.
Drive Electro had just completed an expansion of its plant in Moscow this year. In the future, the plant will be able to build between 700 and 1,000 battery packs for e-buses. The e-buses themselves, however, are built by other companies, such as GAZ or Kamaz for Moscow.
In the meantime, Drive Electro has also joined the ranks of vehicle manufacturers: Together with a Russian food retailer, the company has developed an electric truck called Moskva. The electric distribution truck with nine tonnes and a range of 200 kilometres is also being built in the Moscow plant, with a potential capacity of 1,000 vehicles per year.