Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion batteries, is now providing battery packs for all-electric motorcoaches and city transit buses offered by ABC Companies and Lightning eMotors. The order marks the company’s first entry into the U.S. market.
Octillion’s batteries will be used to repower popular motorcoach and transit bus models, including the Van Hool T2145e highline touring coaches and TD high-capacity double-deck coaches to 100% battery-electric power. The coaches and buses are designed and developed by Lightning eMotors at its headquarters in Loveland, Colo.
“Electrification is taking over every vehicle segment,” said Paul Beach, president, Octillion Power Systems. “Vehicles from passenger cars to motorcoaches are being electrified, and today’s high-powered batteries are enabling this transformation. The customized battery packs that we’re supplying to the transit bus and motorcoach markets are yet another example of this transformation.”
Beach added that Octillion integrates its battery management system with each vehicle’s control unit, offering configurations of up to 800 volts and 640 kWh in capacity. This enables the electric buses to provide superior power and torque compared to diesel bus models.