In Taiwan, the Chung-Shin Bus Group will put 150 all-electric buses into operation in the capital Taipei by the end of this year, equipped with Danfoss Editron drives. Another 100 electric buses with Danfoss drives are scheduled to follow in 2023.
The Chung-Shin Bus Group develops the electric buses itself and buys the electric drive systems from the German engineering manufacturer Danfoss. The PMI318B electric drivetrain from Danfoss includes a motor, an inverter and a six-speed transmission. With this concept, the drive is said to be particularly compact and lightweight. Danfoss says they have calculated that the drive system offers 30% increased efficiency and reduce operational costs compared to diesel engines in buses.
“With high torque performance, wide operation range and integrated gearbox, our on-highway drivetrain is perfectly suited for bus applications,” says Christophe Natter, Vice President of OEM Sales at Danfoss Power Solutions. “Chung-Shin Bus Group received solid references for our solution from our other customers worldwide, giving them confidence that we are the right partner to join them on their electrification journey.”
This purchase is part of the Taiwanese government’s plan to electrify the entire fleet of 16,000 buses by 2030, whereby the government is offering subsidies for bus operators to help meet this goal. The first fully electric bus line in Taipei opened in 2018. Taiwan’s buses offer the cheapest way to travel in Taiwan with convenient connections between cities with some services running 24 hours a day. Even in Tapei, where buses are more expensive, ticket prices start at under one euro. Every city in Taiwan has its own bus network, while in some cities besides Taipei and Kaohsiung, the bus is the only public transport option available.
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