TWAICE and ViriCiti have just published a white paper on the benefits their predictive maintenance program provides in terms of vehicle battery life and significant reduction in operating costs for e-bus fleets.
The result of the collaboration between the two companies is a Battery Health Package that provides advanced battery maintenance and forecasting indicators via a dashboard. The tool not only facilitates the analysis of all battery models, but also helps to keep them “healthy”. This means that e-fleet operators can accurately determine and improve the condition and lifespan.
ViriCiti and TWAICE for battery maintenance
The seamless integration of ViriCiti (belonging to ChargePoint group) and TWAICE’s Battery Health Package provides state-of-health (SoH) information on individual vehicles at any given time, without disrupting ongoing operations, the two companies point out. The integration «provides comprehensive and reliable insight into the health of a battery. For both small and large fleets, significant time, cost and labor savings can be achieved, far beyond what was possible with previous solutions. ViriCiti and TWAICE have been working closely with the operator of an e-bus fleet over the past few months to achieve this. The insights gained from these studies are invaluable when it comes to issues such as strategic fleet renewal, maintenance or warranty. This allows data-driven decision-making processes to be integrated into the management of e-bus fleet operations from the outset».
Among other things, the study found that all the e-buses examined were still above the end-of-life criterion in terms of warranty coverage.
According to Alexander Schabert, Senior Director Global Bus Sales at ViriCiti: “The Battery Health Package holds high savings potential – after all, power storage accounts for up to 50 % of the cost of an electric vehicle. We deliver a precise condition determination and prediction of the remaining lifetime of batteries, which can even be increased by up to 25 % thanks to this solution.”
Instead of having to test each vehicle’s battery individually, the Battery Health Package enables a fleet-wide analysis that replaces mere estimates with real facts. “Like all vehicles, batteries are stressed differently and with our AI-powered solution, lengthy physical tests are a thing of the past. Our customers receive detailed evaluations at the push of a button and thus real planning reliability, which helps them optimize the entire value chain. But it’s not just financial benefits that speak for implementing our system, because the seamless analysis of the batteries guarantees smooth operation, and that in turn ensures more satisfied passengers and better customer ratings,” said Dr. Michael Baumann, Co-CEO of TWAICE.