Wrightbus signs up Forsee Power for electric bus batteries04 November 2020

Wrightbus has signed a new contract with French battery supplier Forsee Power, which has supplied the Northern Ireland-based manufacturer since 2013.

The Bamford Group, new owner of the Wrightbus bus brand, has renewed its long-term partnership with Forsee Power with a contract for several hundred battery systems per year. The equipment of the city of Belfast from 2021 will be a first key project.

Forsee Power will supply Wrightbus with its new generation of slim batteries, whose extra-flat format allows an easy integration into the chassis of vehicles (standard or double-decker buses).

First, Forsee Power will equip the buses with the new ZEN-Slim high-energy batteries (11 kWh, 16 kWh & 22 kWh). The flat format allows an easy integration into the floor or other vehicle spaces. These modular battery systems have an integrated liquid cooling system and will be intended for 100% electric buses with high autonomy and overnight charging. Each bus will be equipped with 333 kWh to 423 kWh.

Then, the new generation of FLEX-Slim batteries will complete the technical offer and will be integrated into hydrogen buses (standard or double-decker) and 100% electric buses.

In 2016, the two pioneer partners broadened their cooperation in the field of hydrogen buses, for which Forsee Power has developed the high-power Pulse technology. This partnership won the JIVE (Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe) call for tenders, and to register nearly 100 orders for hydrogen buses in major cities such as Aberdeen, London, or Liverpool. The Streedeck H2 Buses thus reach a range of 320 km.

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