WEG announces that it was one of the partners for the development of four electric buses for a new fleet of Transcol, a metropolitan public transport system in the city of Vitória, state of Espírito Santo, Brazil.
The vehicles are part of a set of investments made by the operating consortium in partnership with the Government of the State of Espírito Santo and are 100% Brazilian-made, being the first electric buses produced in Latin America.
Known as e-bus, electric buses have an autonomy to travel from 120 to 150 km, with the possibility of recharging, and a maximum speed of 60 km/h. The first unit will operate from October, named line 515, which runs between important terminals in the city. The other three electric buses are scheduled to circulate from November on.
The vehicle is 12.5 meters long and has a capacity for 70 passengers. They were manufactured by Eletra, in partnership with other large Brazilian companies, including: Mercedes-Benz (chassis), Caio (body) and WEG (variable frequency drives, electric motors and batteries).
Aiming at gaining space in electric mobility, WEG recently announced the production of battery packs for electric vehicles. These packs are customizable, involving various modules, lithium-ion cells and electronic management, cooling and safety systems, among other elements.
The new e-buses also have WEG's Powertrain technology, composed of motors and frequency drives for the traction and auxiliary systems, which also have a battery regeneration function. All the items are 100% Brazilian-made and are qualified to be financed by FINAME.