The bus manufacturer SAFRA is presenting its range of electric vehicles under the Businova® brand at BePOSITIVE, which is taking place in Lyon from February 13 to 15. With the launch of its hydrogen-powered Businova in 2018, SAFRA has become the leading French hydrogen bus manufacturer. This participation as an exhibitor at this show will be an opportunity to explain the advantages of hydrogen in the use on the transport sector.
Thanks to its innovative architecture allowing the vehicle to evolve to different modes of motorization, the Businova is available today in 3 dimensions and 4 engines. The Businova is thus marketed in very low emission mode with its «plug-in hybrid electric» range offered with a Diesel extender (Euro VI) or NGV, which perfectly meets the requirements of Group 1 of the Energy Transition Law Decree for Green Growth. It is also available in zero emission version, in 100% electric with a slow charging system in the evening at the depot, or fast by reverse pantograph, but also in hydrogen version. It is on these aspects of operational agility and vehicle scalability that the Businova keeps a real step ahead of its competitors.
As for the hydrogen version, the powertrain system makes it possible to maintain a reduced battery capacity by providing additional energy. SAFRA has adapted a hydrogen system on the initial 250 kW electric traction line, powered by a 132 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The fuel cell is supplied by Michelin, and the system incorporates a storage of 28 kg of hydrogen at 350 bars, which allows to cover a range of more than 300 kms per day. The Michelin hydrogen module is built around a 30 kW fuel cell. Michelin battery technology can cover a range of applications from 5 to 100 kW. Important integration work was carried out to obtain a reduced weight and a very compact volume, in order to facilitate the integration into the vehicle.
The new range proposed by SAFRA perfectly meets the needs related to the energy transition. On the French market, the Businova range perfectly meets the requirements of Article 37 of the Energy Transition Act, but also at the international level, with the revision of the European directive on clean vehicles.