ACT News 2017

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Hyliion Promises Huge Fuel Savings

November 7, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Hybrids, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Combination of Superior Batteries and Vehicle Control

Pittsburgh-based Hyliion is aiming for fuel savings as great as 20% for heavy over-the-road trucks using a combination of advanced lithium ion battery packs for regenerative braking and idea reduction, and software that adjusts a truck’s driveline output based on the road conditions ahead. updated November 8
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LightningElectric Priced, Orders Open

November 6, 2017 in batteries, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Upfits for Ford Transit Are Priced
At $69,000 for 50-Mile Vehicles, $89,000 for 100

Lightning Systems is taking orders for its Ford-sanctioned LightningElectric all-battery version of the Transit van, pricing upfits for vehicles with a single charge-range of 100 miles at $89,000 with a tab of $69,000 for single-charge range of 50 miles.
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BYD Pulls Out the (Bus) Stops at APTA

October 31, 2017 in Airports, batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows Four Battery Buses, Including a 45-Foot Commuter Coach

BYD went all out at the American Public Transportation Association meeting in Atlanta this month, hosting its largest-ever transit electric vehicle display there and unveiling the world’s first all-electric 45-foot commuter coach.
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Cummins Taps Gillig for Battery Buses

October 30, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Talks Up Its Driveline at APTA and Europe’s BusWorld

Cummins unveiled a partnership for 100% battery-electric buses with Gillig at the American Public transportation Association’s tri-annual gala in Atlanta this month, and two weeks later introduced its all-electric drive to the European market at the BusWorld exhibition in Belgium.
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EnerDel & Interstate: CTA Battery Upfits

October 24, 2017 in batteries, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vigor+ Replacement Packs for Chicago Agency’s Hybrid Buses

EnerDel and Interstate Power Systems are supplying replacement battery packs for hybrid electric buses operated by the Chicago Transit Authority.

The companies are providing EnerDel’s PP320-738-LP Vigor+ brand lithium ion packs as part of CTA’s hybrid bus rehabilitation project.

The Chicago Transit Authority operates more than 250 hybrid-electric buses, making up make up nearly 15% of the total CTA bus fleet.

Packing 21 kilowatt-hours of electricity, the PP320-738-LP Vigor+ pack offers more than three times as much energy and greater life than the original OEM equipment, EnerDel says, while maintaining the same packaging space.

Good for the Industry

“Key benefits of EnerDel’s Vigor+ pack are Buy America Compliance, exceptional warranty, robust transportation-grade packaging and built-in system control redundancies to ensure enhanced pack protection and user safety,” the company says, stating that the Vigor+ line plays “a key role in fueling the company’s resurgence as a major U.S. manufacturer of advanced lithium ion battery systems.”

“EnerDel’s commitment to the transit market is being rewarded with the sustained growth of the PP320-738-LP as new municipalities continue their uptake of this product,” EnerDel CEO Michael Canada says in the CTA release.


The PP320-738-LP Vigor+ pack is approved for use with the Allison Hybrid H40/50 EP parallel hybrid electric driveline operating in buses throughout the United States and Canada in over a dozen municipalities.

20 Million Miles and Counting

EnerDel recently reported that its Vigor+ lithium ion replacement packs have logged more than 20 million miles of service (F&F, September 13).

“EnerDel has almost 7 years and 20 million miles of experience with our battery products for the transit market. We are excited to have been selected to supply the Chicago Transit Authority with our PP320-738-LP Vigor+ ESS replacement. With our distributor partner Interstate Power Systems,

EnerDel’s Vigor+ battery packs are Allison-approved.

“We will not only be able to provide the Chicago Transit Authority a world class product but world class service and support,” said EnerDel sales and account manager Bruce Silk.

In addition to Illinois, Interstate Power Systems has more than 20 locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Wyoming.


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Source: EnerDel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Cummins Buys Brammo Batteries

October 23, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Important Milestone’ as Cummins Develops Battery Trucks

Cummins, the diesel engine leader which late last summer introduced an all-battery Class 7 urban delivery vehicle, has acquired Oregon’s Brammo, Inc., a manufacturer of battery and electric driveline systems.
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ZapGo Carbon-Ion for Battery ‘Pods’

October 3, 2017 in Airports, batteries, Companies, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast-Charge Technology Expected to Slash Down Times
In Autonomous Electric Vehicles Now Operating in the UK

UK- and North Carolina-based ZapGo (aka Zap&Go) is promoting a hybrid battery design that allows for super-fast charging via a combination of supercapacitor and conventional battery technologies.
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BYD Expands Its U.S. Battery Bus Factory

September 25, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$22 Million for Expansion to 450,000 Square Feet
As eBuses Near Price Parity with Competing AFVs,
IndyGo Orders as Many as 75 All-Battery 60-Footers

BYD, the busy builder of all-battery buses, has completed a $22 million expansion of its factory in Lancaster, Calif. – a former RV plant that’s expected to soon employ more than 600 people, able to produce some 1,500 buses annually.
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Proterra Range Mark, Batteries with LG

September 19, 2017 in batteries, Companies, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

1,100-Plus Miles on a Single Charge for 40-Foot Bus
And Ramping Up Battery Packs with New Lithium Ion Cell
As FTA Makes New Awards Under the Lo-No Program

Proterra reported this morning a run of 1,101.2 miles by a 40-foot all-electric transit bus on a single charge. The 100% battery busbuilder is also talking up development of battery packs with LG Chem a using a new lithium ion cell optimized for transit applications, and a host of new FTA-supported orders.
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EnerDel Trumpets 20 Million Transit Miles

September 13, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, maintenance, milestones, transit, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone for Vigor + Lithium Ion Replacement Units

“Vigor+” brand lithium ion replacement battery packs – ESS units, for energy storage systems – for hybrid buses have logged more than 20 million miles of service and “are playing a major role in fueling the company’s resurgence as a major U.S. manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems,” according to a release yesterday.
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Best Betters Batteries on Hybrid Buses

September 8, 2017 in batteries, Companies, maintenance, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Best Hybrid Batteries Cites $40K Savings on One Vehicle

“By performing important preventative maintenance on the battery packs,” says Shorewood, Ill.-based Best Hybrid Batteries, a customer operating transit vehicles with Allison parallel hybrid drivelines was able to stave off battery replacement on the vehicle, saving some $40,000.
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BYD-ADL e-Buses for London Fleets

July 26, 2017 in batteries, Electric Drive, Europe, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

China’s BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis
Supplying All-Electric Vehicles to UK Transit

China’s BYD and ADL, Britain’s Alexander Dennis Ltd, are talking up deployment of fully battery-electric transit buses in and around London.

BYD is also stepping up its manufacturing and assembly work in Europe.
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Solid Power Plays Lithium Long Game

July 18, 2017 in batteries, Companies, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Batteries That Last Far Longer Than Today’s Batteries
But Not for EVs This Year, Nor Next, Nor the Year After…

Colorado’s Solid Power is developing solid-state lithium batteries with the potential for energy density nearly double that of the batteries available today. Just don’t expect them anytime soon.
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Motiv and BYD for Battery Trash Trucks

June 13, 2017 in batteries, EVs, Fleet Order, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Motiv Adds Sacramento to Pioneering Chicago,
As BYD Reports Successful Wrap of Wayne Tests

The all-electric vehicle specialists Motiv Power Systems and BYD have reported progress with their development of fully battery-powered refuse trucks.
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BYD for All-Battery Trucks, Buses, Lifts

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, New Products, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small to Large for Chinese EV Leader at ACT Expo 2017

BYD, the automotive arm of a large Chinese battery manufacturer that says it’s the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, is continuing its North America push by showcasing its latest advancements in battery-electric buses, trucks and materials handling equipment here at ACT Expo.
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Mitsubishi Fuso’s All-Battery eCanter

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, delivery vehicles, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Daimler Batteries Slash the Cost of Onboard Energy Storage

Mitsubishi Fuso displayed its 100% battery-electric eCanter delivery truck at ACT Expo. The Daimler affiliate plans to offer a limited number of trucks for lease in the U.S., beginning in September, for $1,000 per month, said product management director Otto Schmid.
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Motiv to AmeriPride: 30 More e-Trucks

March 7, 2017 in batteries, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Operator Claims a Record for the Textile Delivery Sector

Power Systems is spreading the word this morning that it’s supplying an additional 20 all-electric delivery vans to AmeriPride Services, making for a total of 30.
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