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Increas­ing effi­cien­cy and reduc­ing costs for e‑bus fleets: Bat­tery Health Pack­age from ViriC­i­ti and TWAICE

More and more com­pa­nies are rec­og­niz­ing the poten­tial of real-time data ana­lyt­ics in elec­tric vehi­cle fleet man­age­ment. TWAICE and ViriC­i­ti are now pub­lish­ing a white paper on the find­ings of their joint soft­ware solu­tion in deter­min­ing bat­tery health, vehi­cle bat­tery life, and sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduc­ing the cost of e‑bus fleets.

ViriC­i­ti, recent­ly part of Charge­Point, is a Dutch pio­neer in the field of e‑bus fleet man­age­ment with a data-dri­ven approach and is coop­er­at­ing with TWAICE on bat­tery ana­lyt­ics. The result of this inten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion is a Bat­tery Health Pack­age that pro­vides advanced bat­tery main­te­nance and fore­cast­ing indi­ca­tors via an intu­itive dash­board. How­ev­er, the tool not only facil­i­tates the analy­sis of all bat­tery mod­els, but also helps to keep them “healthy”. This means that e‑fleet oper­a­tors can pre­cise­ly deter­mine and improve the con­di­tion and life­time of their bat­ter­ies. A white paper now reveals all the find­ings from prac­ti­cal experience.

Longer ser­vice life, low­er costs

The seam­less inte­gra­tion of ViriC­i­ti’s Bat­tery Health Pack­age and TWAICE pro­vides infor­ma­tion on the SoH (State of Health) of each vehi­cle at any time, with­out affect­ing ongo­ing oper­a­tions. The inte­gra­tion pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive and reli­able insight into the state of a bat­tery. For both small and large fleets, sig­nif­i­cant time, cost and labor sav­ings can be achieved, far exceed­ing what was pos­si­ble with pre­vi­ous solu­tions, name­ly over 20,000 euros. ViriC­i­ti and TWAICE have been work­ing close­ly with the oper­a­tor of an e‑bus fleet over the past few months to achieve this. The knowl­edge gained from these stud­ies is ele­men­tary when it comes to ques­tions of strate­gic fleet renew­al, main­te­nance or war­ran­ty. This allows data-dri­ven deci­sion-mak­ing process­es to be inte­grat­ed into the man­age­ment of e‑bus fleet oper­a­tions from the outset.

Among oth­er things, the study found that high costs are imposed on bus oper­a­tors and man­u­fac­tur­ers when they use con­ven­tion­al meth­ods. In addi­tion, the results showed which of the e‑buses exam­ined were still above the end-of-life cri­te­ri­on in terms of war­ran­ty cov­er­age. There­fore, Alexan­der Sch­abert, Senior Direc­tor Glob­al Bus Sales at ViriC­i­ti, con­cludes: “The Bat­tery Health Pack­age holds high sav­ings poten­tials, after all, pow­er stor­age accounts for up to 50% of the costs of an elec­tric vehi­cle. We pro­vide pre­cise con­di­tion deter­mi­na­tion and pre­dic­tion of the remain­ing life of bat­ter­ies, which can even be sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased thanks to the solution.”

Guar­an­teed plan­ning reliability

Instead of hav­ing to test each vehi­cle’s bat­tery indi­vid­u­al­ly, the Bat­tery Health Pack­age enables fleet-wide analy­sis that replaces mere esti­mates with real facts. “Like all vehi­cles, bat­ter­ies are sub­ject­ed to dif­fer­ent lev­els of stress, and with our AI-sup­port­ed solu­tion, lengthy phys­i­cal tests are a thing of the past. Our cus­tomers receive detailed eval­u­a­tions at the push of a but­ton and thus real plan­ning secu­ri­ty, which helps them opti­mize the entire val­ue chain. But it’s not just finan­cial ben­e­fits that speak in favor of imple­ment­ing our sys­tem, because the seam­less analy­sis of the bat­ter­ies guar­an­tees smooth oper­a­tion, and that in turn ensures more sat­is­fied pas­sen­gers and bet­ter cus­tomer rat­ings,” says Dr. Michael Bau­mann, co-CEO of TWAICE.

The new white paper can be down­loaded here.