Skoda Electric's Skoda Transportation is to equip 114 trams in German cities, including Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludswighafen, with ultracapacitor systems manufactured by Skeleton Technologies.
Skeleton's ultracapacitor technology recovers and converts energy from trams' braking and delivers high-efficiency, high-power electricity.
"The highest power density and efficiency in the industry provides us with a very clear competitive advantage. We have worked together with Skeleton Technologies to develop the most efficient energy storage solution for modern trams, keeping in mind the power restrictions for grid infrastructure in a number of cities around Europe,” said Skoda Electric head of strategic purchasing Stanislav Wizur.
Skoda's use of Skeleton's ultracapacitors suggests similar applications by Tesla, which recently acquired Maxwell Technologies.