With a strong emphasis on environmental protection and strict measures, Norway has become a veritable Kingdom of Electric Vehicles in the world. One-third of its territory is located within the Arctic Circle, featuring complex environment and harsh climate. Especially in its northern areas, including places like Kirkenes, where low temperature, ice and snow dominate for nearly half the year, the environment is nothing short of a rigorous performance testing ground for battery electric vehicles.
Recently, U12 ─ Yutong's battery electric bus ─ underwent an extreme cold challenge in Kirkenes. In a live test of 105 km, Yutong U12 showed a power consumption of 1.56 kw/km in an ice and snow environment in Kirkenes where the temperature was -33°C. The driver and passengers unanimously praised U12 for the excellent experience.
Ice and snow environment and low temperature are the main features of Norway's climate. In order to meet the special requirements for anti-corrosion performance of vehicles in highly humid and seriously melting snow salt environments, Yutong adopts enhanced anti-corrosion technologies for core components such as the vehicle's bearing structure and chassis frame, as well as corrosion-prone bottom areas. This measure ensures that no structural corrosion will occur during the full life cycle of the vehicle. Yutong also provides comprehensive chassis protections to prevent critical chassis parts and components from wear in harsh road conditions. All such measures are aimed at meeting the operation requirements for vehicles in a polar environment and ensuring the safe travel of residents in polar regions.
In 2020, Norway purchased 102 Yutong battery electric buses, setting a record of the largest single order in Europe. After years of market test, the number of Yutong battery electric buses in operation in Norway is 331.
The battery of Yutong’s liquid cooling system can provide 24-hour safety monitoring. The IP68 protection system for battery, motor and electric control avoids safety accidents caused by short-time wading of vehicles. Intelligent functions, such as remote air conditioning scheduling and remote fault diagnosis, provide great convenience for the daily operation of end customers.
In the meantime, Yutong has also developed many tailor-made and user-friendly designs and safety configurations according to the needs of users in Norway, including high-power heating radiator, antiskid chain, sanding machine, seat heating, electric telescopic step and 360 panoramic view system. All these features provide convenience for public mobility and greatly improve vehicle safety.
In addition to strengthening quality, Yutong has also dispatched a dedicated team to offer direct service in Norway, and has established maintenance workshops and spare parts warehouses in collaboration with local partners to provide strong support for efficient services.
As a global leader in battery electric buses, Yutong keeps transcending the driving range limit of battery electric vehicles to achieve safer, more stable and more reliable operation and bring better public travel experience to the world.
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