VDI Australia Embraces Yutong YEA Technology Release

3 July 2023

VDI Australia is moving quickly to deploy the newly announced Yutong YEA technology in Australian buses after the global launch was a success last week

Having just returned from the Yutong Electric Architecture (YEA) Global Technology Release held in Zhengzhou China, VDI Australia has wasted no time preparing for its rapid deployment locally.

VDI selected this event to host a contingent of highly experienced Australian bus industry representatives, which, according to VDI Chief Operating Officer James Gauci, has “enabled us to best understand how Australian bus and coach operators can benefit optimally from this remarkable industry advancement”.

“With representatives from Dyson Group and Go West Tours also attending this event, we’ve been able to immediately understand the applications for YEA across all facets of the local industry,” Gauci says.

“Their reaction and feedback was unanimously glowing, to the point we’re already certain our Yutong EV product’s key points of differentiation, value proposition and competitive advantage have further broadened.

“We’re immediately focusing upon explaining to local bus and coach operators, as well as government and other industry bodies, what this means for them and how they will specifically benefit from this latest advancement.”

YEA is a first ever software and hardware integrated control technology platform for new energy commercial vehicles, which VDI anticipate will revolutionise this industry globally.

With YEA, Yutong achieves seamless integration of software and hardware, thereby significantly enhancing product safety, reliability and efficiency. The platform delivers super-integration, scalability and self-evolution, therefore meeting full- scenario requirements of different commercial vehicle segments.

There are two core components, C-architecture and YOS, that form the technical basis of YEA. The C- architecture serves as the intelligent “brain” of the commercial vehicle. It comprises a central computing unit, multi-in-one controller, intelligent cabin domain controller and advanced driving assistance domain controller.

YOS is the name of the commercial vehicle operating system, a self-developed OS with C- architecture. The combination of these two core components facilitates functional fusion and redistribution, resulting in a 200 per cent increase in computing power and a 100 per cent improvement in control efficiency.

YEA ensures the complete decoupling of software and hardware while managing all software and hardware involved through a unified management system. This facilitates shorter software delivery cycles while ensuring intelligent driving and riding experiences as well as operational safety.

Additionally, YEA also leverages Yutong’s extensive data support to address key pain points in the operation of new energy vehicles, including insufficient range, low operating efficiency, power inadequacy, poor safety, low attendance rates and poor operational stability, while providing solutions for a vehicle’s full lifecycle at a lower cost than those seen for conventional vehicles.

According to Gauci, the sophistication and practical value of this technology is significant.

With more than 500 customer representatives from 25 countries and regions in attendance, including Jan Deman, managing director of Busworld Foundation, Yutong is extremely confident of YEA’s functional integrity and capabilities.

As the national distributor of Yutong buses and coaches, VDI Australia is committed to working closely throughout the local industry, including government bodies, to ensure Australia also leverages the wide ranging benefits YEA affords us.

“Buying an EV bus from VDI Australia provides our customers with world leading technologies, which we believe can’t be matched, especially when considering VDI’s commitment to genuine partnering through its national network of dedicated, company owned outlets,” Gauci says.

“Given the long life cycle of buses and coaches in Australia, it’s important that operators understand how the EV bus market is already splitting between the technology haves and have nots and the implications this will have on purchases made today in five to 10 years from now.”

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