First electric public transport bus for the city of Aalen

Silent, odourless and environmentally friendly, the new electric public transit bus for the OVA bus company was officially presented in Aalen, Germany, 22nd December 2016. The bus will be used as a city bus and completes a whole daily shift without charging. The OVA managing directors, Peter Friedel and Ulrich Rau, the district administrator, Ulrich Pavel, the lord mayor of Aalen, Thilo Rentschler, and the transport minister for the state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Hermann, attended the presentation. Representatives from the manufacturer, Sileo, and Thomas Vetter, CTO of ARADEX were also present at the ceremony.

The state of Baden-Württemberg supported the purchase of the Sileo S12 with 140 000 Euros. In addition, the county of Ostalb, the municipal property management organization and the local bank also helped with financing the project. The fully electric bus with 38 seats and standing room for 41 passengers has a guaranteed range of 200 kilometres and is supplied by batteries with a capacity of 230 kWh. ARADEX delivers the electric traction inverters and was responsible for the design of the drive system. Transport minister Hermann was optimistic that in future we will see more environmentally friendly electric and hybrid busses on our streets. To date 50 such projects have received government funding. The OVA transport company modified its infrastructure for the new bus. New electric connections with more power and modern charging technology were installed. The bus is operated on "green" electricity. The repair shop personnel were trained for high-voltage components. Managing director, Ulrich Rau, emphasized that more electric busses will be ordered. 

"The high efficiency and range are arguments for the electric bus“ said Thomas Vetter “more than 120 buses worldwide mean that the technology is tried and tested”. Transport minister Hermann thinks along the same lines “environmentally friendly local public transport is not only possible, it functions and is economically viable!”