First full-electric bus route launched in Taipei

A new fleet of 12 electric buses is being launched in Taipei with plans to add a further 400 electric buses to the city’s network in the next four years. Powered by electric drivetrains from Danfoss Editron, the electrification arm of Danfoss group, the buses can operate a range of around 260km.

The buses will be deployed on a 31.5km-long route across Taipei, linking four MRT stations, 11 schools and five major business districts. The lightweight buses feature Danfoss Permanent Magnet Machines .

Editron’s control and monitoring software includes self-diagnosis and provides constant monitoring and reporting to the control centre on engine temperature, charge state and remaining mileage to reduce the risk of sudden bus failure and improve the efficiency of the overall operation.

Each bus has a roof-mounted single crystal solar panel that can generate 130kW of electricity a day. Each bus can be charged in just five hours.

The buses were commissioned by RAC Electric Vehicles, and the company has already placed an order to Danfoss EDITRON for another 36 drivetrains to be delivered early next year. Taipei City Public Transportation Office aims to have 400 electric buses on its roads in the next four years and its long-term goal is to have an all-electric bus network in the city.

“We have been very active in Taiwan since we launched Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry in 2017 and we’ve seen how quickly electrification is happening in this region,” says Kimmo Rauma, Danfoss Editron vice-president. “As a company committed to fighting pollution, we are excited that Taipei has made the choice to electrify its bus fleet and, of course, that they chose Danfoss Editron technology to achieve that vision.