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Leclanché SA: Leclanché launches a 'full-electric' bus

19.10.2015 / 07:36
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Atbusworld Europein Belgium:

Leclanché launches a "full-electric" bus

-Last Saturday, in the city of Bruges, Belgium, Leclanché unveiled its first
all-electric bus, in partnership with Van Hool, the bus manufacturer and
Bombardier, one of the world leaders in the transportation industry.

-In line with Leclanché's growth strategy, this project is a solid proof point
of Leclanché' comprehensive range of solutions for Hybrid and Electric Bus
comprised of on-board Battery Packs; Integrated Electric Drive Train; Charging
Systems; and Cloud-based Fleet Operations Software.

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, October 19,2015- Leclanché S.A. (SIX Swiss
Exchange: LECN), a group specialised in Battery-based Energy Storage Systems, is
going from strength to strength. This Saturday in Bruges, Belgium, Leclanché
introduced its first all-electric bus to coincide withbusworld Europe, the
biggest trade show for public road transport professionals. Three buses were
handed over to the Flanders public transport company, De Lijn.

Flemish Minister for mobilityMr. Ben Weytsmade following statement: "I will
continue to invest in to the fleet of "De Lijn". With modern, fast and
comfortable vehicles we can seduce more Flemish people to use our public
transport. The electric busses are not only the cleanest, but also the most
quiet of the country. This is really an investment in the future."

Jan Van Hool,director of the Van Hool company, commented: "We value this
partnership especially as the battery system has such exceptionally good
specifications and are tailor-made to fit our vehicles. Furthermore, the remote
management system will be a great benefit when the vehicles go on the road."

Anil Srivastava, Leclanché's CEO underlines the importance of this project: "Bus
operators around the world are actively addressing the dual challenge of
reducing harmful emissions and at the same time reducing cost of fleet
operations. Thanks to a series of innovations and cost reduction, hybrid and
full-electric buses are competitively addressing both these challenges. We wish
to thank Van Hool and De Lijn for giving us this opportunity. Building these
credible references is crucial for Leclanché to capture this fast growing market
with a projected global need of 2.7GWh in battery systems by 2020 .

Stefan Louis, Leclanché's Chief Strategy Officer, highlights the advantages of
Leclanché's offer to the transport sector which helps optimize the cost of fleet
operations through better energy management and safer operations:

- Dynamic route simulation and system planning programs supporting clients to
design optimized fleet operations and remote monitoring of all system components
via a cloud service.

- Complete system solutions including latest-generation, made-to-measure
lithium-ion battery packs with thermal management, infrastructure such as
chargers and connectivity up to fully integrated electric drive trains through
its strategic partnership with Visedo.

- Leasing and financing services, to accelerate the introduction of new
technologies without heavy investments.

The project was part of the 'living lab for electric vehicles program',
initiated by the Flemish ministry for innovation and subsidised by the Flemish
agency for innovation in science and technology (IWT). It was completed in
partnership with the bus constructor, Van Hool, and Bombardier for the inductive
charging system at the bus depot. Leclanché provided the fast-charge battery
system, the battery management software including remote management and
conductive chargers.
The bus travelled through the streets of Bruges during the weekend with many of
the professional visitors to thebusworld Europeshow as passengers. This vehicle
and its proven technical innovations have already attracted interest from a
number of Europe's major cities.
For further information:
Claude-Olivier Rochat, Voxia communication. Tel.: (+41) 079 203 52 19
Rohan Sant, Voxia communication. Tel.: (+41) 079 120 00 28 -rohan.sant@voxia.ch

About Leclanché
Founded in 1909, Leclanché is a solid partner in the technologies of energy
storage in batteries. In a tradition that goes back to Georges Leclanché,
inventor of the dry-cell battery, the group has built up an impressive portfolio
of energy storage systems, ranging from purpose-designed batteries to the
sector's leading lithium-ion solutions.

The integration of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany) spin-off in 2006
propelled Leclanché from a supplier of traditional batteries to European
leadership in the production lithium-ion cells.

Leclanché's storage solutions have been optimised for numerous applications,
notably the integration of renewable energy sources, the reduction of diesel
consumption, connected auxiliary services, peak-clipping energy consumption for
heavy industry as well as for high-capacity road, rail and maritime transport.

Leclanché's products are noted for their high cycle stability (cells with
lithium-titanate anodes) and their long lifespans. Its patented ceramic
separator technology - an essential element of lithium-ion cells with
lithium-titanate -anodes - enable Leclanché to mass-produce cells with excellent
safety features. These are produced in an entirely automated lithium-ion cell
manufacturing facility with an annual capacity of 160MWh or one million cells.

Leclanché also offers several specialised storage systems, notably those
purpose-built for military or medical applications. In addition, the company
distributes primary and secondary batteries as well as accessories from other

The Leclanché company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LECN).

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Company:  Leclanché SA

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