Development of new Electric Buses by Keio University
Electric Vehicle Laboratory of Keio University will develop Electric buses in corporation with ISUZU MOTORS. The group will apply “Integrated Platform Structure” technology in development of this bus which was developed by Keio University Electric Vehicle Laboratory. “Integrated Platform Structure” is a new concept of Vehicle body structure which has main components of the vehicle such as motor, inverter and batteries being mounted beneath vehicle floor resulting in the best use of space of within the vehicle. Through application of “Integrated Platform Structure” the new electric bus will be able to achieve better driving performance and will become far more economical and environmentally friendly in comparison to the conventional diesel buses. The new design technology will make the entire full flat floor to become barrier-free. The new prototype bus is planned to be test derived by January of 2011.