• 12-JUL-2018

Heuliez wins 38th KS Energy and Environmental Award


The automobile club KRAFTFAHRER-SCHUTZ e.V. (KS) awards full electric buses of Heuliez brand for a sustainable mobility concept in city traffic
Winner of the top-class energy and environmental award of the Automobile Club KRAFTFAHRER-SCHUTZ e.V., this year is the GX bus family with two complementary solutions.  The third largest automobile club distinguishes the Heuliez electric buses as part of a sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility concept, especially for city traffic.. A decisive argument in favor of Heuliez's GX electric bus range was above all the suitability of the expert jury as an important component of an intelligent urban mobility, in which it is important to think in terms of overall contexts. Thus, buses of public transport operate in metropolitan areas. The social commitment of municipalities to the air purification and rest needs of city dwellers has top priority. Quiet and emission-free electric buses operating at the point of use are regarded as an important solution option for urban and urban mobility.
Heuliez is a key criterion for awarding the KS Energy and Environmental Prize with a flexible charging solution and several electric bus versions of the GX series since 2017. The Heuliez GX buses are offered as a 12 meter bus (GX 337) with a "slow charging" technology, where the batteries are charged at night. The 18 meter articulated (GX 437) bus solution uses "opportunity charging". During this process, the batteries are quickly charged in between or at the end stops. The batteries are arranged in both cases in the roof area. Together with the French battery manufacturer Forsee Power, Heuliez Bus has already developed a recycling and reuse concept for the batteries
The Heuliez GX 337 has also raced in Germany several times in successful customer tests. Most recently in Bad Füssing bei Eichberger Reisen. For a 28 km long tour were daily 10 round trips in the timetable. The managed the e-bus in the winter without reloading, while keeping the time the "diesel timetables" without difficulty.
KS President Marita Manger welcomed the decision of the expert jury to award Heuliez's e-buses as this year's winner: "This development is an important component of tomorrow's intelligent mobility, especially in cities. Thus, the growing demand for mobility requires new ways and approaches of all transport stakeholders. Emission-free electric buses are a possible option for sustainable urban transport of the future. "
The KS Energy and Environmental Award, which is now being awarded for the 38th time, remains the only prize of its kind in Europe. Since 1981, it has been awarded annually to companies that have excelled in saving energy and protecting the environment. The patronage is the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The 38th Energy and Environmental Award will be presented on June 22, 2018 in Munich.