Microvast has announced an initial delivery of battery systems to bus manufacturer, Safra in Albi, France. 

Microvast will provide Safra with three standard certified battery products for its full electric and hybrid buses, as well as refurbishing the fleet during the next three years.

Last October, Microvast was nominated as the battery supplier for the full-electric, hybrid and retrofitted Safra buses. Through the framework supply agreement, Microvast will supply up to 2,000 battery packs from Microvast for three years, starting in March, 2021.

Factors in the selection of Microvast were its standard and certified battery pack offerings. The Microvast battery packs can be connected in serial and/or parallel to reach different voltage and energy levels.

Standardisation and modularity can accommodate various project demands. Microvast battery packs are expected to be certified with ECE R100.2 by June, 2021, so the vehicle can conform to ECE regulation.

With the planned launch of Safra's e-bus late this year, Microvast will expand its footprint in the French e-bus market. Both parties are exploring further opportunities in the fuel cell bus and bus retrofit business.

Microvast has vertical integrated capability of battery design and production from material to turn-key solution and can upgrade its solutions by developing new cells to fit into standard module and pack products.