Technology Concept ElvoDrive:
High Efficiency and Clean Air
Once the bus returns to the inner city, the system switches back to purely electric operation." Although this application is a vision yet to be realized, Jaufmann is optimistic: "I can well imagine that this scenario will be a normal occurrence in about five years' time," he explains.
In a purely electrically driven bus, the Voith ElvoDrive operates with four components: the traction unit consisting of electric motor and two-stage automated gearbox, the converter, an electronic control system and a battery. Since the ElvoDrive operates with minimum losses in the driveline, the battery is optimally utilized.
With the ElvoDrive, Voith is presenting a concept that can offer solutions for the environmental demands of future transport systems. Apart from applications in citybuses, the drive is also an eco-friendly option for refuse vehicles or distribution trucks, which are in frequent service in inner-urban areas.
Voith Turbo, the specialist for hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems for road, rail and industrial applications, as well as for ship propulsion systems, is a Group Division of Voith GmbH.
Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 40 000 people, generates €5.6 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.