Working in partnership with BusTech (part of Transit Australia Group), AutoCRC and the Malaysian Automotive Institute, Swinburne University of Technology has helped introduce the first electric bus to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia. The first concept demonstrator bus has been unveiled at the 2015 Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo in Melbourne.
“Our research and development has involved solving the challenges of integrating electric vehicle technologies using computer-aided engineering to design and configure sub-systems into the bus platform,” said Pro Vice-Chancellor, International Research Engagement, Professor Ajay Kapoor. “We developed high and low voltage electrical systems for the bus, including the design architecture for electrical circuit motor controls, supervisory control and other control systems to ensure the most efficient operation.”
Professor Kapoor also explained that one of objectives of the electric bus development was to come up with a future-proof concept, which will enable upgrades as the technology evolves. “I’d really like to see the Australian government invest in this technology. For the sake of the environment, as well as the future of manufacturing in Australia,” he added.
AutoCRC Research Director, Gary White, also commented that AutoCRC is focused on finding and developing international opportunities for Australian manufacturers and researchers. “This project is proof of not just the new technology we have developed, but also demonstrates the capability of Australia and the role we can play in the global marketplace,” he said.
Source: Swinburne University of Technology