A new electric bus was put into operation on July 28th, 2015 in China. Its special feature: a full charge in just 10 seconds thanks to its supercapacitors.
This bus travels a line of 11 km with 24 stops in Ningbo city on the East coast of China. In the next three years, no less than 1,200 of these buses will be used for public transport in the city, where the electric bus plant is located.
This bus is recharged at stop stations, while passengers getting on or off the bus. Each charge allows the bus to travel up to five kilometers.
In addition, the bus consumes 30 to 50 percent less energy than other electric vehicles.
The bus is equipped with CSRCAP supercapacitors produced by the Chinese company "Ningbo CSR New Energy Technology", a subsidiary of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive. We already talked of these supercapacitors in our article 5000 supercapacitors CSRCAP 7500 Farads delivered in China.
These supercapacitors are able to operate 12 years and endure over a million charge, even under high temperatures. The supercapacitor technology is more reliable, faster and more durable than batteries that can not usually withstand a lot more than 500 recharge cycles.
Thanks to supercapacitors, the opportunity charging electric buses is emerging as the most reliable and most economic way to develop a fleet of electric buses within cities.