Australian company Brighsun, headquartered in Melbourne, has developed an electric bus with a certified range of 1,004 kilometers — enough to make the trip from Melbourne to Sydney without stopping to recharge and with more than 100 kilometers of range left over.
The buses run on a high performance lithium-ion battery combined with proprietary eMotor, battery management and a regenerative breaking system. Brighsun CEO Allen Saylav, also a director of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australia told One Step Off The Grid the technology behind the bus, which has been in development for four years, evolved from a desire to deliver clean, sustainable public transport options.
“We believe this technology could change the face of public transport around the world and with the use of the eVehicle propulsion system which creates long lasting life in vehicles,” Saylav said. “New energy is key to Australia’s auto industry revitalisation and we believe the eBus is the first step in the right direction for this to happen.” He added, “We chose the heavy commercial passenger vehicle to showcase how high performance could be achieved in larger transportation transportation options,” as well as in passenger cars.
Brighsun has not released any technical details about its battery or electric motor. The company indicates that it is planning to open facilities across Australia to manufacture its products, which include shorter range models for intracity use.
Representatives from bus manufacturers around the world were on hand for the introduction, including BYD, which recently won a competition sponsored by the State of Washington to produce electric buses for operations in the Pacific northwest. Another American company developing electric buses for the US market is Proterra, which features lightweight carbon fiber construction to help extend the range of its products.
Converting the world’s heavy vehicles like buses and cargo trucks to electric power would do more to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere than raising the average fuel economy for passenger cars to over 100 mpg, especially since most of them are currently diesel powered.