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The Belgian electric bus offers the strongest performance in the United States

An electric bus from the family business Van Hoole has gained strong performance in the United States. The vehicle traveled around the west coast of the United States without using more than 65 percent of its battery. In order to recharge the battery of the bus in between, the track was closed in several stages.

The electric bus CX45E from the Belgian company Van Hoole With batteries The trader announced last week that he was making a return voyage through the popular West Coast of the United States from Northern California (Newark) to Seattle, operated by Proterra & ABC Coaches (an American company that sells buses) and MTRWestern.

At the end of its journey, the bus covered 1,700 miles or nearly 2,750 kilometers at an average speed of 87 kilometers per hour. The U.S. News Agency reported that the vehicle only used public charging stations during the entire trip Electrek

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The total capacity of the bus battery is 676 kWh. The bus ran an average of 450 kilometers after each charging session. In some cases, even 480 kilometers were covered. The charging session lasted an average of 2.5 to 3 hours, which was less than expected. Consumption for a phase does not exceed 65 percent of the total range.

“Over time, drivers also learn to cope better Battery life“It’s increasing,” says Roman Cornell, ABC’s boss.

Testing and opinion campaigning

ABC acquired its first 56-seater bus in December 2020. Since then, the company has used the vehicle for data collection and performance testing. It was the perfect opportunity for the West Coast Drive brand to show that such trips are possible, and that their potential is growing.

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This is not the first time a transport company or automaker has undertaken such a trip to demonstrate the capability of their vehicle. For example, in the 1930s, Citroன்n arranged long voyages through Africa and Asia to upgrade its engines.

The purpose of the West Coast voyage was to test the infrastructure of charging stations. The operator believes there is enough space on the road to arrange for such a ride. The company noted that some charging stations do not have enough space to park the bus.

(NS, lb)