The low-profile battery is less than 140mm high and will be showcased in an 8.9m bus. The product, says Cummins, enables bus makers to meet low floor requirements while maintaining a low centre of gravity and maximising use of space.
The low-profile battery will be displayed as part of a complete battery electric system (BES), including products from Cummins’ existing range, such as the high energy BP74E batteries mounted in the roof and the Cummins system controller.
Other components include a new Cummins Integrated e-Drive – a single unit traction system which combines motor, transmission and inverter into one lightweight system – and the compact BP39E battery.
Julie Furber, VP of electrified power at Cummins, says the new system offers “an exciting glimpse” of the company’s plans 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,” she adds.