FPT Industrial and Microvast partner to produce bus battery packs
By Julian Buckley11 January 2022
FPT Industrial, powertrain supplier to Iveco Group, in partnership with Microvast Holdings, a provider of battery technologies for commercial and specialty vehicles, is to provide the complete battery system for the new Crossway low-entry city and intercity buses to be produced by Iveco Bus.
FPT Industrial will lead the development of mechanical and thermal integration of the high-voltage battery packs designed by Microvast. The packs will have a power output ranging from 400 to 466 kWh, dependent on application. The battery packs have an anticipated operating lifetime of 10 years.
The Iveco Bus Crossway LE Electric project is said to complement that of the new Iveco e-Daily, which will be introduced at the end of 2022. The e-Daily will feature a modular battery concept, using one to three batteries, ranging from 37 to 111 kWh.
“In this fast-evolving sector, FPT Industrial is committed to entering into targeted partnerships to deliver advanced alternatives to traditional fuels, so as to accelerate our journey towards a sustainable CO2-neutral tomorrow,” said Sylvain Blaise, president, Powertrain Business Unit of Iveco Group. “This collaboration with Microvast underlines our commitment to become a multi-power technological leader and provides us with competitive advantages in the market.”
Microvast will deliver battery cells and modules, which will be assembled by FPT Industrial at its plant in Turin, Italy. The Iveco Bus Crossway LE Electric will be presented for tenders in 2022, with first deliveries expected in mid-2023.