The Dresden-based software provider for battery diagnostics, Volytica Diagnostics, and the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) are continuing their cooperation in monitoring their electric bus batteries. By means of cloud-based evaluation of battery data, failures are to be prevented, high availability ensured and the service life of the batteries improved.
BVG, which transports around one million people in Berlin every day, is pursuing the goal of having only e-buses in operation on Berlin’s roads by 2030. The cooperation with volytica Diagnostics will help to ensure smooth and safe operation of public transport, especially e-buses, in the future with the help of battery diagnostics. volytica determines and monitors the condition of the batteries in order to predict anomalies, plan necessary maintenance work and control wear.
“Batteries are the drivers of the mobility transition, but at the same time they are also a wearing part that needs to be monitored by means of central fleet and maintenance management. We have invested more than 10 years in research and development to set up such optimal monitoring purely on sensor data, which are determined by the battery systems anyway and transmitted to the control centres – but whose invaluable value remains practically unused today due to a lack of systematic evaluation. In order to create added value for the transformation of the transport sector, we bring together this data in our highly scalable platform, evaluate it and can thus detect abnormalities and anomalies at an early stage and positively influence wear. This not only enhances the reliability of BVG vehicles, but also creates greater confidence in e-mobility among the general public and, quite simply, makes it more economical,” says Claudius Jehle, Managing Director of Volytica Diagnostics GmbH.
Volytica is helping BVG to make its contribution to the mobility transition in Berlin and facilitate the planned switch to e-buses by 2030 at the latest. “This first project with BVG is intended as a signal to many other fleet operators, as well as to leasing companies, insurers and manufacturers. We are convinced that transparent use and evaluation of battery data will have a massive impact on the spread and reliability of e-mobility in general in the future,” adds Jehle.
To this end, the cloud-based software continuously evaluates the data from the batteries. Thanks to the analysis combined with continuous safety monitoring, classic fire protection is supplemented by preventive measures. For example, the software automatically warns of dangerous battery performance before it becomes critical. The software can be easily integrated into any application, as no additional hardware or laboratory tests are required. www.volytica.com