The Chariot-Higer 18m ultracapacitor electric bus plied the routes in Slovenian capital Ljubljana for an experimental one-week period. Public transport operator LPP Ljubljana ran the trial and was satisfied with the results.
The 18m articulated UC e-bus is the most efficient zero-emission city transport electric bus on the market. It recharges automatically in 10 to 15 minutes by butting a pantograph onto a terminus charger. The innovative vehicle has an ultracapacitor rated at 108kWh and it draws about 1.3 kWh per kilometre when the vehicle total load is 4.5 tonnes in optimal conditions.
The electric bus is developed by Chariot Motors, bus maker the Higer Bus Company Limited, and ultracapacitor maker the industry-leading innovative company Aowei.
In Ljubljana, the bus simulated regular service by plying elected LPP Ljubljana’ routes: N1 and N5 without passengers. The selected routes include gradients and flat sectors: the idea is to test the vehicle in a variety of service conditions and learn as much as possible about its technical features.