Ellisup: An innovative concept for tomorrow’s public transport sector

​The ELLISUP Concept Bus project, led by Iveco Bus and its partners, receives its world premiere at Busworld Kortrijk with the presentation of this innovative new vehicle.

The ELLISUP program is controlled by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). It is directed by Iveco Bus in collaboration with Michelin, RATP (the French state-owned public transport operator), EDF (Électricité de France), the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), IFP Energies Nouvelles, IFSTTAR (the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Spatial Planning, Development and Networks), ERCTEEL (Commercial and Technical Study and Development center for electric and electronic technologies) and RECUPYL (a company specializing in the innovative recycling of batteries into strategic metals).

The objective of the project is to develop a new electric bus concept, which is able to operate in full electric mode along an entire service line and rapidly recharge in the span of a few minutes at the end of the line. The target Total Cost of Ownership for this system is between that of a Diesel fleet and that of a trolleybus.

ELLISUP is equipped with an electric motor developed by Michelin which is housed within four of the eight small wheels. The motor uses an innovative combination of batteries and super-capacitors which act as devices for the storage of energy, characterized by high power density and great durability.

The small wheel size enables a new architecture which is a total departure from that of a traditional bus. The interior space has been increased and rendered more liveable, optimizing the flow of passengers at bus stops (boarding and exiting). The design also allows for larger windows that grant passengers panoramic views.

The ELLISUP Concept Bus also incorporates numerous other innovations that enhance on-board comfort and safety as well as operator profitability.The vehicle is demonstrative of the progress that Iveco Bus and its partners have made in terms of innovation for the future of urban transport.