AVM Presents Electric Shuttle That Charges Fully In 10 Minutes

MAY 11 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

AVM (Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing) announced presentation of its new EV27 electric shuttle bus at the Advanced Clean Expo (ACT) Expo 2018.

Yinlong’s LTO batteries

The AVM EV27 is mid-size 27-foot long shuttle for loop-based routes supporting corporate and school campuses, hotels and rental car facilities, airports, and affording “first/last mile” solutions to private communities.

The vehicle stands out due to its 350 kW ultra-fast charging through CCS Combo in less than 10 minutes.

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To achieve such results, AVM uses Chinese Yinlong LTO-type batteries.

The company encourages that there will be  21- and 33-foot lengths available soon.

“AVM’s exclusive joint venture is powered by Yinlong Energy, one of the world’s leading energy manufacturers and innovators. AVM shuttles are powered by Yinlong’s proprietary lithium–titanate battery (LTO) technology. An extremely safe and long-lasting lithium-based technology, LTO cells can endure more than 20,000 cycles, ensuring the batteries’ lifespan exceeds that of the vehicle. This robust and proven technology takes full advantage of AVM’s 350 kW CCS 2.0 high-powered charger, enabling the EV27’s rapid charge time.

Having a vehicle charge fully in less than ten minutes not only maximizes the total time in service for operators, but also eliminates the range anxiety often associated with electric vehicles. While most routes serviced by mid-size shuttles accommodate ten-minute breaks every three to four hours, the EV27, when coupled with AVM’s 350 kW CCS 2.0 charger, has effectively unlimited range under those conditions. Needing only ten minutes every few hours reduces the number of chargers required compared to an overnight or multiple-hour charging scheme. AVM’s EV27 saves operators as much as 50% in overall total cost of ownership due to reduced maintenance, fuel and other costs and provides greater reliability and longevity. Plus, the EV27 affords a quiet, zero-emission solution for neighborhoods, urban areas, and anywhere else air and noise pollution are concerns. The EV27’s unprecedented value equation enables operators to switch to an all-electric solution better aligned with green initiatives and environmental mandates.

AVM EV27

“With the debut of the EV27, AVM is making electric-powered commercial shuttles practical as well as truly desirable,” says Larry Brennan, CEO of AVM. “With such a competitive pricing model, short charge-time and proven technology, we’ve removed any remaining deterrents. Moving from traditional combustion-power to 100% electric is finally not just an environmental consideration — it’s the smart business decision.”

Every AVM vehicle connects to AVM’s real-time, cloud-based “smart” technology. Operators can select and customize ridership experience with features such as USB charging and Wi-Fi, fleet management, navigation, route optimization, and unparalleled, remote-access, data-collection opportunities.”

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They never mentioned the kWh of the battery.

“350 kW ultra-fast charging through CCS Combo in less than 10 minutes.”
Simple math, about 60 kWh.

Not more than 60, buy it could also be much lower.

One site says “just under 50 kWh”. AVMs own information power points says both 60 kWh and 50 kWh, even in the same power point.

I wonder how Long the range is rated . These Could be very good for automotive Use . Unless they Hyper Mile at Slow Speeds ..

This is a small bus for low speed loops. Range is probably in the 50-60 mile ballpark.

LTO isn’t really dense enough or cheap enough for cars. It would be terrific for long-haul semis with an inexpensive in-road charging spaced every 10 or 20 miles on highways.

Not bad, they drive for two hours then charge for ten minutes.

Is this AVM full electric midibus a real breakthrough?
Let us see:

If the battery capacity is<50 kWh and discharge does not dive below 20%, then cca 40 kWh can be filled in on one charge.

If – as some experts warn – the harmless charging range of lithium battteries is between 20% and 80%, i.e. just 60% of capacity per charge, then the input is 30 kWh/charge

If the average energy consumption – including HVAC – is cca. 0,6 kWh/km, then the average range/charge is cca. 66 km, some 42 miles.

If the shuttle is working all year around and the daily mileage is say 165 miles /264 km, then the bus needs 4 charges a day. If the load is higher, then more per day.

Not sure about the impact of 4 ultra quick charges a day on battery performance in the long term, but let us stick to given number of cycles: 20 000÷(365 x 4)=13,7 years

Considering that realistic life expectancy of e-buses/trolleys is over 15 years, / up to 20 years, I would not be that certain about batteries outliving their bus body.

This is the perfect battery technology for this kind of service. 20,000 cycles is a proven fact but there is no indication that it wouldn’t go many more. Lithium Titanate batteries are heavy and expensive so they are not suitable for general automotive use.

I wouldn’t exactly call it a “breakthrough”, since LTO batteries have been around for a while — but this sounds like a very smart use of them.

Your lifetime calculation is based on massively mistaken assumptions. While it’s true that EVs usually somewhat limit usable capacity to curb degradation, that’s nowhere near 40% reduction compared to the rated capacity. AFAIK something around 10% is typical?

The nominal cycle count of battery cells is generally specified for *full* cycles, though. The whole point of limiting cycling depth is to get *more* than the nominal cycle count out of them. (With other conditions are favourable, of course.)

At any rate, I think around 100 km per charge should be realistic — which means a lifetime of 2,000,000 km at the rated cycle count. I doubt a typical bus lives longer than that?…