10/19 Busworld - Brussels
It takes us just a week to convert these diesel buses to all-electric buses“, says the Managing Director of „I see electric busses GmbH“, Andreas Pfeffer, in his press release issued on 15.10.2019. (You can read all about this in the full press release below). A converted MAN bus, equipped with the „genuine“ ZAwheel in-wheel hub drive from ZIEHL-ABEGG AUTOMOTIVE GmbH & Co.KG, was on hand at the “Busworld” trade fair in Brussels”, giving visitors the chance to see the vehicle close up and take a test ride.
“Diesel vehicle retrofitting is where the future lies“, says Andreas Pfeffer, because in order to meet the climate targets set by the members of the EU Parliament this objective has to be approached from numerous directions. New vehicles are still expensive and simply unaffordable for many towns and cities. That’s where the cost-effective and speedy conversion to emissionfree travel is the perfect answer. This view is also shared by the politicians e.g. in the state of Schleswig-Holstein who provided financial support for retrofitting the first MAN bus for public transport use.
I see electric busses is putting all its faith in the „genuine“ electric in-wheel hub drive, i.e. the version produced by ZIEHL-ABEGG, and for good reason. Andreas Pfeffer values the innovative technology used in the ZAwheel special in-wheel hub drive because the idea e.g. of any gears for electric motors on the wheel hub is simply out of the question as far as he is concerned. „There are problems with gears at high speeds.” By contrast, ZAwheel from ZIEHL-ABEGG is an electric, in-wheel hub drive that doesn’t require any transmission. The in-wheel hub motor sits completely inside the hub. The use of ZAwheel has allowed support for sustainability to be provided in every aspect. Whether for new vehicles or when retrofitting old diesel buses to electric drive. “Savings are achieved in every case” says Ralf Arnold, Managing Director of ZIEHLABEGG AUTOMOTIVE GmbH & Co.KG. „ZAwheel applies the full power of the drive directly onto the road. That’s the crucial advantage over other engine concepts. And this generates both energy and cash savings the minute the vehicle drives off. We are pleased with all the numerous positive indications and feedback we’ve received on ZAwheel“, says Ralf Arnold.
In conclusion, it can be stated quite clearly today that this year‘s Busworld 2019 trade fair will provide the turning point on the subject of the emission-free city bus. Good news for all campaigners for climate protection.