Van Hool unveils all-electric double-decker coach

Van Hool unveils all-electric double-decker coach

Both the solo and double-decker buses are powered by a Siemens engine ("Siemens ELFA II"), which delivers 310 kW of continuous power, 360 kW of peak power and 4,242 Nm of torque. The manufacturer specifies a top speed of 114 km/h. The engine is fed by a 676-kWh battery pack from Proterra ("E2"), specifically a lithium titanate (LTO) pack, which is supposed to guarantee a range of up to 500 kilometers - "depending on the type of terrain and the weather conditions," according to the company's headquarters.

The CX45E's DC charging power is 125 kW, and charging time is said to be around five hours (from 5 to 95 percent SoC). Analogue figures are not yet available for the TDX25E, but they are likely to be similar in all likelihood. What is clear is that the plug type is designed for the North American market with CCS Type 1.

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Van Hool envisions positioning the TDX25E in North America primarily as a vehicle for professional commuting and regular passenger transport. "American customers were very enthusiastic about the driving experience in our first battery-electric coach, the CX45E," comments Filip Van Hool. "So they quickly got to work and developed a battery-electric double-decker that has a higher passenger capacity. "The experience we have gained in the past with electric drives and more recently with the CX45E helped us a lot in the rapid development and extensive testing of the latest Van Hool double-decker," continues the company boss.