SAFRA exhibits at Transports Publics in Paris
SAFRA is taking part in the Transports Publics 2018 exhibition, which takes place at Paris Porte de Versailles from 12 to 14 June. The opportunity to exhibit the Businova electric plug-in hybrid of the agglomeration of Périgueux, as well as the fuel cell of Michelin, which will feed the Businova hydrogen for the Syndicat Mixte des Transports Artois-Gohelle. The Renovation teams will also be present to highlight the latest achievements in the renovation of public transport equipment.
On its stand of more than 100 m², the SAFRA company shows first and foremost its know-how in passenger transport equipment. The Public Transport Equipment Department is indeed the historical activity of the company created in 1955, and its experience of more than 63 years undoubtedly contributes to its reputation. This Pole is divided into 2 activities. The Renovation activity, which stems from the company’s historical business, is currently specialised in the provision of equipment, fitting-out, renovation and heavy maintenance of urban transport vehicles (buses, trams, metros and railway cars). This Pole SAFRA also has a bus manufacturing activity since 2011. The company has developed its own bus, the Businova, an urban bus with an atypical design and innovative architecture. This vehicle is marketed in different versions, with 3 dimensions and 4 types of engines all perfectly responding to the new directives of the Energy Transition Law.
The bus displayed on the SAFRA stand is that of the agglomeration of Périgueux. It was indeed on the occasion of the previous Public Transport Show, that the Grand Périgueux had signed with the CATP (Centrale d’Achat des Transports Publics), the order of three 12m Businova in plug-in hybrid electric version. These orders are part of a sustainable mobility strategy of the local policy of the Greater Périgueux, and are part of a call for a European project «LIFE 2016». This order followed the demonstration of the vehicle in May 2015 in the agglomeration of Périgueux, as well as the exhibition of Businova at Journées Agir, in June 2015 in Périgueux.
On the SAFRA stand, a Michelin fuel cell is also on display. This 15 kW battery is a smaller model than the one that will be integrated in the Businova hydrogen version. The manufacturer won a contract for 6 hydrogen buses following a public tender launched by the Artois-Gohelle Joint Transport Union. The contract concerns the supply of 6 standard low-floor buses with electric fuel cell motors.
The scope of the SMTAG encompasses 150 municipalities including the agglomerations of Lens – Liévin, Hénin – Carvin and Béthune – Bruay – Artois-Lys-Romane, making it the 6th transport perimeter in France. This success confirms SAFRA’s decision to develop its range towards zero emissions, including the hydrogen version. By launching into the hydrogen range, SAFRA becomes the first French manufacturer of hydrogen buses.
From the beginning of the Businova project, the SAFRA company was very interested in hydrogen technology, which allows to maintain a reduced battery capacity by providing additional energy. The Businova H2 is the result of the original architecture developed by SAFRA since 2011 and certified. Retaining all the vehicle’s architecture (passenger compartment, chassis, deck, mechanical components, batteries, electrical architecture) SAFRA has adapted a hydrogen system on the initial 250 kW electric traction line, powered by a lithium-battery pack.132 kWh ion. 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 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.
The new range offered today by SAFRA perfectly meets the needs of the French market in zero-emission vehicles following the latest directives of the energy transition law, but also at the international level, with European projects related to carbon-free mobility solutions.
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