Efficient Drivetrains receives order for 30 PHEV bus drivetrain systems from Chinese city Kunming
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced that they have received a production order for PHEV bus drivetrain systems from the city of Kunming, China. The 30-unit order brings the total China fleet size to 168 vehicles, all of which are deployed on leading OEMs across urban and rural routes in China.
China’s continued push towards nationwide vehicle electrification is set to grow steadily through the rest of the year. Forecasts indicate that Chinese bus markets will see over 200,000 PHEV and EV buses by 2020, with full electrification by 2027. Government regulations and subsidy programmes in China grow increasingly stringent, leading bus OEMs to seek partners who can enable them to rapidly comply with mandates that require significant emission reduction over the next decade.
Replacement of traditional diesel buses with PHEV versions enables fleet operators to observe 40-50% of savings for fuel on average. Emissions are also reduced by 40-50%, and significant reductions in fleet maintenance expenses are also being realised. Since 2015, the Chinese-certified EDI PowerDrive™ 6000 technology has logged over 6 million miles and has been integrated into major OEMs across China such as Ankai, Shaanxi, Yaxing Motor Coach, Foton, and Master Transportation. EDI expects to work with more OEMs as the market in China continues to grow.
EDI has also experienced strong growth in the North American market for full-electric buses. The company recently announced the production release of the EDI PowerDrive™ 7000ev, after successfully delivering on multiple contracts in 2017 and the first half of 2018. The EDI PowerDrive™ 7000ev is ideal for full electric school and mass transit buses, work and utility trucks, as well as logistics vehicles. With a base of over one hundred miles of all-electric driving, the battery capacity of the EDI PowerDrive™ 7000ev can be expanded to enable OEMs to extend driving ranges as required by customers.