Cummins decided to reveal its Next Generation Battery Electric System, including its new low-profile battery, for the first time at the Busworld Europe 2019, as a demonstration of the advances that the company is making in powertrain technology for the European bus market. The event will take place in Brussels from the 18th to the 23rd of October.
Cummins will bring its new low-profile battery at Busworld Europe 2019
At the show, Cummins will highlight the new low-profile battery, designed for the European market, but available for use in other markets, which measures under 140 mm in height, in the 8.9-metre-long bus. This product will enable OEMs to meet European low floor requirements while maintaining a low centre of gravity and maximising utilisation of unoccupied space. To be offered as part of a broader modular platform, the new low-profile battery uses modern cell technology to deliver high energy density and packaging efficiency and represents a step forward for zero-emissions bus design.
Julie Furber, Vice President of Electrified Power at Cummins, said: «The Next Generation Battery Electric System is an exciting glimpse of Cummins’ future product plan for electrified powertrains. As electric vehicles gather momentum in the public transport sector, designing batteries with faster charging and a longer range will be a breakthrough technological shift – and doing so in a form that meets regulatory requirements and at a competitive price is a vital step for the industry».
The Battery Electric System
The low-profile battery will be on display as part of a complete Battery Electric System (BES), including products from Cummins’ existing product portfolio such as the BP74E batteries mounted in the roof and the Cummins System Controller. Other components including the Cummins Integrated e-Drive, a single unit traction system which combines motor, transmission and inverter into a single lightweight system, and also the BP39E battery are part of Cummins future product roadmap.
Julie Furber, on this matter, added: «This system combines the reliability customers expect of Cummins with the efficiency of next generation electric drivetrains in a form factor designed for easy adoption».