As part of the overall eMobility system, an integrated solution consisting of hardware and software supports transport companies in the rapid conversion to electromobility. Thanks to a framework agreement recently signed between Daimler Buses and the software specialists at IVU Traffic Technologies AG, transport companies can obtain buses and software easily from a single source if they so wish. The current example of this is BSAG Bremen, where the charging infrastructure and a charging management system are also included in the scope of delivery.
Complex: The charging management of city bus fleets is demanding
For the owner of an e-car, the topic is no longer rocket science: charging is done at home at the wall box, at work, on the road at the quick-charging station. Electric mobility with city buses is far more complex. The targeted power supply of the buses is the heart of e-mobility in the city. In order to charge entire vehicle fleets, the current state of charge of each individual bus, the amount of electricity required at the right time for the next trip and the load limits of the power supply must be considered, among other things. Maximum efficiency of ten, hundred or thousand city buses and more and their integration into precise timetables can only be ensured if charging management, operation and depot management mesh smoothly.
This is where Daimler Buses and its strategic partnership with Berlin-based IVU Traffic Technologies AG come in. Mirko Sgodda, Head of Sales, Marketing and Services at Daimler Buses: “With the hardware of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and the software from IVU, Daimler Buses is providing transport companies with a tailor-made and field-tested system solution from a single source.” The IVU software. suite assigns a defined charging point to each bus when it enters the depot. The smart charge management knows the current state of charge and ensures that all buses are charged with the necessary amount of electricity for their next trip, including pre-conditioning of the battery and passenger compartment.
This avoids expensive peak loads and capacity overruns and at the same time ensures the operational capability of the entire fleet. The software works flexibly: Users can seamlessly integrate it into existing IT systems and specify detailed criteria and strategies for the target state of charge and when. The eCitaro is communicative, it connects to the charging infrastructure via the ISO 15118 protocol. Companies can use the Omniplus On Portal of the Omniplus service brand from Daimler Buses to gain insight into the operating data of their fleet.
The eCitaro as part of the overall eMobility system
Electromobility means rethinking urban mobility with buses. That’s why e-mobility from Daimler Buses is more than the all-electric eCitaro, it’s an overall system. The experts from Daimler Buses eMobility-Consulting will help with the changeover. The experts provide support in planning the infrastructure, calculate the necessary power supply, know the way to the network operator and electricity supplier and recommend the right charging technology – right through to the organization of the depot with parking spaces and the power supply to the bus including its battery equipment.
In order to make this transition to electromobility even easier for transport companies, Daimler Buses can also supply the necessary infrastructure as part of a turnkey solution on request. In addition to charging management and project planning, this also includes the complete installation of the power supply infrastructure and the associated construction work – and all of this during ongoing operation. In this way, the customer receives a tailor-made complete e-mobility system from a single source.
Daimler Buses also supports transport companies after vehicle delivery. The specific e-mobility service concept starts with looking after the customer workshop, includes tailor-made e-service contracts and ends with bus depot management. Here employees from Omniplus take over the vehicle support in the customer workshop. Omniplus training centers provide information about the equipment in an e-bus workshop and offer a complete training concept for e-mobility. So that the equation one plus one results in more than two in the long run. www.daimlertruck.com