Cummins Unveils Low Profile Bus Battery Pack

Automotive supply giant Cummins will debut its low-profile battery pack to boost the production of BEV buses.

It will unveil the battery as part of its ‘Next Generation Battery Electric System’ at Busworld Europe 2019. The battery is designed for the European market and measures just 5.5-inches high and yet can power a 29-foot long bus.

Cummins claims the battery will allow automakers to meet European low floor requirements while maintaining a low center of gravity and internal people carrying capacity. It will be offered as part of a broader modular platform and claims to deliver high energy density and packaging efficiency.

The low-profile battery will be displayed as part of a complete Battery Electric System (BES), including products from the company’s existing product portfolio such as the high energy BP74E batteries mounted in the roof and the Cummins System Controller. Other components to be shown include the Cummins Integrated e-Drive, a single unit traction system which combines motor, transmission and inverter into a single lightweight system, and the ultra compact BP39E battery.

Julie Furber, vice-president of electrified power at Cummins, said: “The Next Generation Battery Electric System is an exciting glimpse of Cummins’ future product plan for electrified powertrains. As electric vehicles gather momentum in the public transport sector, designing batteries with faster charging and a longer range will be a breakthrough technological shift – and doing so in a form that meets regulatory requirements and at a competitive price is a vital step for the industry.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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