What Impacts The Range of An Electric Bus?
There are several factors that can have a significant impact on vehicle efficiency and resulting operating range when buses are out on the road in real service scenarios. If the driver is using best practices for maximizing range and the bus is operating in more mild, temperate weather conditions with low use of HVAC, flatter terrain, and fewer stops, greater range will be achieved.
Operating range takes into account limitations placed on the usable capacity of the battery to maintain optimal battery health, as well as weather, varying terrain, driver behavior, frequency of stops on route, and vehicle weight. Operating range is calculated by dividing the usable energy on board by the operating efficiency of the vehicle, which varies based on a number of factors.