The Marseille BusPort has equipped itself with a new platform to perform maintenance work on the eCitaro’s batteries.
Development work on this new facility was carried out on an existing opening equipped with a maintenance pit both under the vehicle and on the roof.“
We used a transition period to enable this improvement. This allows vehicles to maneuver more easily. The equipment itself is made to measure, allowing it to be adapted to the site and the existing building.
Yann Almecija, workshop manager at BusPort Marseille.
A footbridge and a one-ton mobile crane will allow the batteries to be removed for replacement, maintenance or recharging. Many steps to perform this job require special training provided by OMNIplus. Today, there are two perfectly trained people at BusPort Marseille. Two more people will receive training by the end of the year.
In addition to proper training, working on batteries developing 750 Volts requires appropriate protective clothing and specialized knowledge. Each repair or maintenance step is important and should be followed in chronological order.
The diagnosis of the batteries can be made in the installed or disassembled state. In this case, the overhead crane makes it possible to move the battery modules from the roof of the bus to one of the racks for repair or replacement.
Of course, other high voltage work is possible on the electric drive axle, inverters, high voltage lines and fuses or on the CO2 air conditioning system.
We already have our first customers running the eCitaro. More and more people will move towards an all-electric bus network, which represents a huge potential that needs to be protected.
Daimler Buses is a key player in the French public transport market, with a market share of 26.9% in the segment of vehicles with a GVW of more than 8 tonnes and 55.0% in the segment of vehicles with a lesser GVW in 2020. more than 8 tons of which he is the leader.
The company employs approximately 1,010 people at its factory in Ligny-en-Barrois with more than 700 employees, as well as at various facilities in Sarcelles, Vitrolles, Hoerdt, Albi and Ducos. More generally, the Daimler group represents one of the strongest industrial commitments of a foreign group in France in the field of automobiles, industrial vehicles and passenger transport.