Future electric-powered Daimler Buses will feature battery technology derived from a partnership with leading European battery developer and producer, BMZ Poland.

It’s been announced that Daimler’s bus division has formed a strategic partnership with BMZ which will see the battery manufacturer develop and supply the next generation of e-bus batteries to the German manufacturer.

That new generation of batteries will mean a longer e-bus range and an ultra-long cycle life.

Michael Klein is the COO of Daimler Buses, he says the deal is a step forward for their future electric bus aspirations.

“The collaboration between our companies combines two important aspects: Daimler Buses’ expertise in bus development and manufacturing as well as BMZ’s know-how in heavy-duty lithium-ion battery solutions.

“This collaboration marks an important milestone in the shift towards zero-emission public transport across Europe.”

For BMZ Poland the deal means it will now extend its current production facility to meet Daimler’s needs.

Tomasz Jankowski, general manager of BMZ Poland, said the development and production of “the best-in-class e-bus systems” has been part of the company’s strategy for a decade.

“Now, together with Daimler Buses, we will be able to implement this strategy on a much larger scale.”

Customers of Daimler Buses will benefit from the next-gen batteries from the middle of the decade when intercity e‑buses are scheduled to begin series production, followed by electrified coaches by 2030.