From September 2019 an electric bus Heuliez GX 337 Elec will be on a pilot for Italian public transport company ATP Esercizio along the line Genoa – Recco.
The announcement was the ‘ice on the cake’ of the conference held a few days ago in Genoa. It came from Alessandro Bernardini, Iveco innovation manager and Ceo in Altra, Genoa-based R&S development company of CNH Industrial Group.
Heuliez Bus ready for the electric era
The GX 337 Elec, shown by Heuliez at Iveco diesel-free stand at IAA 2018, is equipped with an electric motor and with 360 KWh Lithium-ion NMC batteries divided into 8 packs.
Six of them are settled on the roof, and two in the tailgate.
This model is designed for all-day-use, with night time recharging at the depot in a few hours, reports Heuliez Bus in a press release.
The batteries comply with the R100-2 European standard (vibrations, shocks, fire resistance…).
The structure of the electric bus is made of stainless steel and the body is realized in composite materials. The chassis and the floor receive a strengthened protection.
Genoa, electric buses only from 2025 on
During the conference where the pilot has been announced, Genoa mayor Bucci highlighted that “Public transport is a very important component of people’s lives.
And it is from their needs that we must start: we must conceive public transport as a means to make people’s lives easier.
Among the strategic objectives we have set ourselves is an ever-increasing integration between the city’s transport and that of the metropolitan city.
From 2025 on, we are going to buy only electric buses“.
Heuliez GX 337 Elec in Germany
The electric bus GX 337 Elec by Heuliez Bus (Cnh Industrial) has been chosen by Stadtbus Rottweil for the local public transport in the city of Rottweil (Baden-Wuerttemberg).
The electric bus by Heuliez represents the first step of CNH Industrial along the way of buses’ electrification. GX Elec electric buses are equipped with a 120/195 KW electric motor.
Heuliez Bus uses batteries made by Forsee Power, a French company (their batteries have been adopted also by Alstom for its electric bus Aptis).
The electric bus Heuliez Bus GX 337 Elec has been purchased also by RATP (Ekoenergetyka won the tender for charging infrastructure), beyond Transdev La Rochelle, Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration, Keolis Orleans, Tide Buss Trondheim (Norway).
Stadtbus Rottweil’s managing director Hans Keller has been convinced by the range of more than 300 km/charge promised by the manufacturer, and the concept of the vehicle using standard, proven and tested components just changing the diesel engine through an electric engine.