Daimler Buses, BMZ Poland drive zero-emission EU bus transport

Daimler Buses, BMZ Poland drive zero-emission EU bus transport

BMZ Poland expects the next generation NMC4 battery to combine high energy density with an ultra-long cycle life.

Daimler Buses and battery systems company BMZ Poland have entered into a partnership for the development and supply of the next generation of e-bus batteries. Daimler Buses and BMZ say they will further develop existing battery technology specifically for the requirements of electric buses. The companies say new battery generation NMC4 – succeeding current NMC3 technology – will combine high energy density, resulting in a longer range for e-buses, with an ultra-long cycle life. Daimler Buses estimates customers will benefit from NMC4 batteries starting in middle of the decade.

“The collaboration between our companies combines two important aspects: Daimler Buses’ expertise in bus development and manufacturing as well as BMZ’s know-how in heavy-duty lithium-ion battery solutions,” said Michael Klein, chief operating officer for Daimler Buses. “I am excited to see the development of an outstanding new generation of batteries for our electrically powered buses. This collaboration marks an important milestone in the shift towards zero-emission public transport across Europe.”

“Development and production of the best-in-class e-bus systems has been our strategy for a decade. We are proud to be able to work with Daimler Buses,” added Tomasz Jankowski, general manager of BMZ Poland. “I personally treat this nomination as an award for the consistent strategy of growth and investment into the electric bus market. Now, together with Daimler Buses, we will be able to implement this strategy on a much larger scale.”


From left to right: Michael Klein, chief operating officer Daimler Buses, Till Oberwörder, chief executive officer Daimler Buses, Sven Bauer, chief executive officer BMZ Holding, and Tomasz Jankowski, general manager BMZ Poland.

”We will extend our production in Gliwice, making this facility the first of its kind in the EU built for the purpose of bus battery production along with a fully automatic assembling line,” saidPaweł Kępski, head of business unit EV, BMZ Poland.

The e-roadmap of Daimler Buses

Daimler Buses says it is consistently pursuing an e-roadmap across all segments: Electrically powered city buses have already been in series production since 2018; intercity e‑buses are to follow as of the middle of the decade and electrified coaches by 2030. With this, Daimler Buses adds it aims to offer locally CO2-neutral models based on batteries or hydrogen in every segment by 2030, with an initial focus on core markets of Europe and Latin America. The plans are for only locally CO2-neutral new vehicles to be sold in the core market of Europe by 2039, according to the company, which adds that this is expected to be the case in for the Europe city bus segment as early as 2030.

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