ELLISUP Concept Bus Debuts At Busworld Kortrijk Show
Iveco Bus showed, at Busworld Kortrijk in Belgium, a rather trick electric concept bus called ELLISUP, which the company says is a glimpse of tomorrow’s public transport.
According to the press release, ELLISUP is French project controlled by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) in which Iveco Bus plays a leading role:
“It is directed by Iveco Bus in collaboration with Michelin, RATP (the French state-owned public transport operator), EDF (Électricité de France), the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), IFP Energies Nouvelles, IFSTTAR (the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Spatial Planning, Development and Networks), ERCTEEL (Commercial and Technical Study and Development center for electric and electronic technologies) and RECUPYL (a company specializing in the innovative recycling of batteries into strategic metals).”
The main project objective is to develop an electric bus that could operate on electricity along an entire service line, at the end of which it will recharge the battery in a few minutes. This bus is claimed to have a total cost of ownership between that of a diesel and that of a trolleybus.
We don’t know specifications of the bus, but we know that four of the eight small wheels have Michelin hub electric motors. Unusual is the battery pack that combines both batteries and super-capacitors.
Inside of ELLISUP, with its wooden handles and huge windows, is described by Iveco as follows:
“The small wheel size enables a new architecture which is a total departure from that of a traditional bus. The interior space has been increased and rendered more liveable, optimizing the flow of passengers at bus stops (boarding and exiting). The design also allows for larger windows that grant passengers panoramic views.”