Daimler Elektro Bus gets batteries from Akasol

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Daimler electric bus gets batteries from German production

Daimler Elektro Bus gets batteries from Akasol-batteries
Manufacturer Citaro Elektro-Bus during the winter test in Sweden

Large mandate for a medium-sized company from Darmstadt: The Akasol battery producer delivers the batteries for Daimler’s electrical Evobus Citaro. The market has long been dominated by players from China and Korea.

The Darmstadt medium-sized company Akasol develops and produces lithium-ion battery systems for the Daimler subsidiary Evobus. In September, Evobus launches the electric citaro. "Akasol supplies up to ten battery packages with a maximum of 243 kilowatt hours per electrobe. AKASOL technology combines high demands on performance for charging and unloading, energy density and service life", it says in a message from the manufacturer.

Around 200 kilometers of range

Meanwhile, the electrobus market is dominated by other players – such as solaris from Poland and especially by Chinese corporations such as BYD. The Chinese also deliver buses to the long -distance bus provider Flixbus . With its capacity of 243 kilowatt hours, the battery of the Darmstadt residents has a little more power than the Chinese competition. The power consumption is around 100 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers. Transferred to the Daimler bus, this would mean that the electrical range under ideal conditions is at least 200 kilometers – although restrictions can be expected in winter. Daimler has therefore tested its battery systems for both cars as well as for buses and commercial vehicles also on the Arctic Circle (see video). “The batteries are tempered in a range of about 25 degrees. We expect maximum load capacity, performance and service life from this", says Gustav Tuschen, development manager at Daimler Buses.´The everyday range dates Daimler with 150 kilometers.

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China and Korea dominate the battery market

Compared to the global players of e-mobility, Akasol is of course just a small company. The market for batteries in electric cars is currently almost entirely in the hands of Chinese and South Korean corporations . This condition will make German car manufacturers in the future to an never -time extent to large Asian corporations.

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11 thoughts on “Daimler Elektro Bus gets batteries from Akasol”

  1. misleading heading
    The heading suggests that batteries would be made in Germany and it would be a step … for independence. However, if I understand the article correctly, however, Akasol "just" Controlled cells, i.e. developed and manufactured battery systems. So it remains with 100%dependency. But at least there is a significant part of added value in this country.

  2. China and Korea
    Not only China and Korea are large in the battery shop. The worldwide NR. 2 With lithium ion cells, Panasonic is, and this is a Japanese company.

  3. So
    With my employer, 2 citaros drive with hydrogen. Quickly refueled from waste H2 and around 800 km range. Last I had seen one as a city bus. Why absolutely rely on batteries with all their disadvantages.

  4. I forgot to write
    Of course I know that hydrogen vehicles also have batteries. But only about 1/4 of the capacity of what pure electric vehicles have. The batteries over take even the task of the buffer and not of the entire drive. Although there are now the first vehicle tests without a buffer battery.

  5. An everyday test
    In the Enzkreis (Baden Wurtemberg) with an e-bus from China (price of 650,000 euros) in the normal crab, miserable failed . When the bus with students is full, he hardly managed the slope and at minus temperatures that the promised mileage would have to use the diesel bus (price € 250,000). uneconomical for most companies. We are still light years away from sensible battery vehicles and that’s the reality !!

  6. Range
    The range will be an issue for some time. Since the batteries are mostly installed in the ground and nobody wanted to agree on a standard, a quick exchange is impossible. How about using standardized batteries? Simply exchange at the petrol station and continue until you have the opportunity to store again. Two batteries in briefcase format with handle could simply be placed in a compartment in the vehicle. If the manufacturers do not play along, something like that could also be retrofitted. Without such a solution, vehicles that remain with empty battery must be towed. Lothar Bongartz, 1der1

  7. Come ….
    Raw materials for the batteries also from Germany or are more overtime for the children in the Congo? The battery technology is simply not that far, or. It will never be. A hydrogen bus that would be a real innovation and not the repeated battery technology again and again.

  8. I know that personally from the time of the
    Floating technology euphoria: The companies for which the funding sponsors of the federal, state and the EU are developed the most money. If in the applications to promote the term "Transrapid" Approval of the application was almost certain. – Who probably pays Daimler’s battery bus for the most part? The money-bearers usually lack expertise!

  9. Only battery – no hung up
    Van Hool from Belgium produces buses equipped with additional fuel cells. Z.B. If 30 buses to Regionalverkehr KOln GmbH and 10 buses are delivered to WSW Mobil GmbH in Wuppertal, according to a report from the end of February 2018. Also mentioned in this report: "The batteries are tempered in a range of about 25 degrees.", D.H. The batteries are heated to 25 degrees Celsius in winter and cooled in summer. This was already included in the range calculation?

  10. 150 km? insanity!
    150 km range… Well, if that’s not a reason for cheering! If you consider that such a city bus is traveling all day and mostly in two layers, then 150 km is the absolute hit – or not? What about the loading times for such a bus? 8, 12 or 24 hours? So a diesel bus should not take longer than 10-15 minutes… if any.


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