Bus Maker Foton Orders More Than 200 TM4 SUMO HD Systems

AUG 14 2014 BY MARK KANE 2

BLK bus with SUMO MD system

BLK bus with SUMO MD system

Canadian company TM4 has had a busy summer, as its Chinese joint-venture Prestolite E-Propulsion Systems (PEPS) received an order for more than 200 SUMO HD electric powertrains.

This multi-million dollar order comes from Foton, one of China’s largest bus manufacturers, which would like to use the SUMO HD in both the 12 meter and 18 meter bus configurations.

PEPS was established about two years ago with Prestolite Electric Beijing Limited.  Previously, in July got the company got its first volume order for more than 100 powertrains. Those were for SUMO HD and smaller SUMO MD units for BLK buses platforms of 6 and 8 meters.

All together PEPS will deliver more than 300 powertrains, but the company has capacity to produce over 10-times more annually in Beijing. Taking into consideration how well electric buses are selling these days in China, we believe that sooner or later they should be flooded by orders.

“Developed for performance and durability, the TM4 SUMO systems are optimized for medium-and heavy-duty electric and hybrid vehicles such as 6-18 meter buses, delivery trucks, shuttles, tow tractors and more. By allowing direct-drive operation, the TM4 SUMO systems reduce the powertrain’s complexity and cost, allowing for a simple, efficient and low-maintenance solution. A direct-drive system yields over 10% efficiency gains throughout the driving cycle, representing an equivalent gain in battery usage. Some of TM4 SUMO systems are offered with a double-ended shaft option, allowing for easy integration in many hybrid-electric powertrain architectures.”

Foton 18 meter buses to be equip with the SUMO HD systems

Foton 18 meter buses to be equip with the SUMO HD systems

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How is it that we have all these electric buses? It is a little nonintuitive to have these massive battery-powered EVs. But I guess it does make some sense . . . they don’t travel at high speeds and they do a lot of stop & go driving that can benefit from electric propulsion. And I guess you can hide the high cost of batteries in a high-cost specialty vehicle like a bus.

The place these BEV busses go will be where government manadates it.

If you think about it 10 years from now, if tesla is right and batteries go down to $100/kwh, then Electric busses will be less expensive on 30% of the routes where they can provide the range with quick charging. PHEV busses may be the choice for the other routes, in countries where pollution matters. China is trying these things out, in the scheme of things it is not much money for a country with bus needs as big as china’s (20 million cars a year, 300 expensive busses don’t raise an eybrow).