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Lower Saxony transport-operator KVG Braunschweig will convert around 25% of its bus fleet to electric. The current fleet of electric vehicles will grow to 48 full-size electric buses by 2023; KVG intends to procure six new e-buses this year.

In the medium term, KVG plans to station its battery-powered vehicles evenly at its Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, Salzgitter-Bad, Wolfenbüttel and Helmstedt depots.

The basis for the decision of the KVG Supervisory Board was the positive outcome of the Leo project, a trial of electric buses in line operation. Salzgitter-based manufacturer Sileo delivered three electric buses to KVG at the turn of the year 2016/2017. KVG successfully tested a Sileo S12 electric bus in line operations for cost-effectiveness, reliability, comfort for passengers and technical requirements.

The 12-meter S12 offers a lithium iron phosphate battery pack with up to 300 kWh capacity; specific energy consumption is from 0.7 to 0.8 kWh/km. Dual 120 kW traction motors propel the bus up to 75 km/h (46.6 mph). Passenger capacity is 39 seated and 51 standing.

The KVG received a subsidy of 40% of the procurement costs from the Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH (LNVG) on behalf of the state of Lower Saxony for the purchase of the three existing electric buses. For the coming E-Bus orders, the KVG plans to combine funding from the state of Lower Saxony with the newly launched federal funds.



City and school buses are very good candidates for electrification. The 300 kWh battery pack used on this S12 model could be enough for a full 8h shift, depending on terrain, loads and weather?

So far, it seems that most (a very high percentage) of the worldwide efforts come from China with up to 350,000 units, of various size, in operation?

Many EU countries, US States and Canadian Provinces will soon follow(but at a very slow rate) it will take many years to catch up with China?

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