ACT Expo 2018

Electric Drive

What’s Changed at Chanje? Ryder

August 15, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Commercial All-Electric Truck Available at Mass Scale
In the U.S. Market, a First for the Industry,’ Says Company,
Which Now Has Ryder System as Sales and Maintenance Partner

Los Angeles-based Chanje Energy has announced its all-new V8070 as “a commercial all-electric truck available at mass scale in the U.S. market, a first for the industry.” Chanje, born of the defunct Smith Electric Vehicles and the short-lived Nohm, gains credence by partnering via a sales/leasing and maintenance partnership with Ryder System (F&F, August 15).

This item was initially posted on August 11
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New Flyer Offers Allison IAP II Drive

August 14, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Increased Accessory Electrification for Hybrid Buses

New Flyer said Friday that it is now offering Allison Transmission’s IAP II – for increased accessory power, version two – as a “total electrification option” for components such as electric air condition on buses with Allison H 40 EPTM and H 50 EPTM hybrid drives.

“The option uses electrification to power accessory components for additional fuel economy,” New Flyer says. “The system improves on the electric hybrid’s efficiency by distributing the electric hybrid power throughout the bus.”


Allison H40/50 EP

Allison’s IAP II is further described as “a customizable electric distribution platform that provides power from the Allison electric hybrid system to accessory components such as electric air conditioning, electric air compressors, and 24-volt DC power steering systems.”

IAP II, New Flyer adds,

  • allows accessories to operate at the most efficient speeds, improving fuel economy; and
  • replaces alternator and belt with a more reliable and efficient DC-DC converter, resulting in improved fuel economy.

Brake responsiveness is improved too, as is low-speed maneuverability, due to smoother power steering. Passenger compartments cool more quickly, with no engine strain and less fuel burn.


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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

 

US Hybrid FC Bus Arrives in Costa Rica

August 9, 2017 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Crucial Integration Milestone on the Nation’s
First Hydrogen-Electric Transport Ecosystem Project’

A 40-foot Van Hool A330 bus outfitted for zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell operation by US Hybrid in Connecticut has arrived in Costa Rica, where it will be demonstrated “along representative routes near the city of Liberia,” says project coordinator Ad Astra Rocket, of Webster, Texas.

This item was initially posted on August 4
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Tesla’s New Model 3: the EV Tipping Point?

August 1, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It Appears That the Electric Vehicle Is Winning After All

Tesla dominated the alt fuel news this past weekend following Friday evening’s long-awaited debut of the electric automaker’s Model 3. Far more affordable at $35,000 (before incentives and without options) than its premium predecessor the Model S, the 220-mile car is seen by many as tipping the macro argument of electric versus fuel power in favor or the electric.
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Proterra e-Buses: Made in Los Angeles

July 31, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Optimal Vehicle Production Location,’ Busbuilder Says

Proterra celebrated the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, deeming the city “an optimal vehicle production location to serve West Cost transit agencies.” The 100,000 square-foot, City of Industry facility has capacity for 400 buses annually.
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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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Washington Nod for CCW’s ZEPS Buses

July 21, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Master Contract for Transit Buses Rebuilt
With 100% Battery-Electric ZEPS Driveline

Complete Coach Works has secured a Master Contract with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services allowing its ZEPS/zero emission propulsion system buses to be listed under the agency’s Electric Up-Fit Category.
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GreenPower’s Type D Battery School Bus

July 18, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New ‘Synapse 72’ Said to Be the First of Its Kind

GreenPower Motor is talking up its fully battery-powered Synapse 72 as “North America’s first purpose-built, all-electric school bus, and the only all-electric, Type-D school bus on the market.”
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Zunum e-Plane: Boeing and JetBlue

July 17, 2017 in Aviation, Electric Drive, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Airline and Airplane Builder Make Investments
In Start-Up That Would Wean Planes from Fuel,
Changing the Very Nature of Regional Air Travel

Boeing and JetBlue have invested in Zunum Aero, a Kirkland, Wash.-based startup that’s developing ten- to 50-passenger series hybrid electric airplanes with an eye to eventual all-electric operation for routes up to 1,000 miles.
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Volvo Cars Makes Electric Car Waves

July 6, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Every New Model from 2019 ‘Will Have an Electric Motor…
‘Historic End of Cars’ Driven by Internal Combustion Only

Volvo made mainstream headlines this week as it announced an aggressive vehicle electrification strategy. The vaunted gameplan includes hybrid and mild hybrid cars.
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Workhorse Unveils e-Helicopter in Paris

June 26, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Aviation, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Debuts the SureFly Two-Seater for 2019
With Honda Motor Backing Electric Drive

Workhorse unveiled an eVTOL – hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing – aircraft at last week’s Paris Air Show. Flight tests of the two-seat SureFly are planned to begin this year, according to an Aviation Week report at the show, and the company is aiming for U.S. FAA certification of an initial piloted model in 2019. updated with Paris Air Show photos June 28
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Orange EV Reports e-Truck Milestones

June 12, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deployed Fleet Has Surpassed 50,000 ‘Key On Hours

Orange EV’s commercially deployed fleet of fully battery-electric T-Series Class 8 terminal trucks surpassed 50,000 “key on” hours and 110,000 miles, the company said last week.
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Rolls-Royce All-Gas for Five New Ferries

June 2, 2017 in Electric Drive, HHP, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fifteen Engines for Five New Torghatten Nord Vessels,
MAN Cryo Is to Furnish FGSS/Fuel Gas Supply Systems

Rolls-Royce has publicized a pact to supply 15 of its dedicated-natural gas C26:33 series Bergen engines to power five new ferries for Tromsø, Norway-based Torghatten Nord. updated June 6
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Motiv Power for Sacramento Schools

May 16, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trans Tech Vehicles Distributed by First Priority GreenFleet

Motiv Power Systems and partners are talking up a project to field 13 battery-electric Type A school buses with two school districts as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Sacramento Regional Zero-Emission School Bus Deployment Project.
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TM4 and Cummins Team on for PHEVs

May 15, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘TM4’s Expertise and Real-Road Experience Will Be Instrumental’

Citing its experience in the China market, TM4 announced last week a joint effort with Cummins to develop a PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain for “for Class 7/8 transit buses that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% over conventional hybrid buses.
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US Hybrid for FC Bus Demo in Costa Rica

May 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ad Astra Coordinating ‘Ecosystem Project’ Including Air Liquide

Busy US Hybrid is completing the conversion of a 35-foot Van Hool bus to hydrogen fuel cell operation at its facility in Connecticut for trials in Costa Rica. The “Hydrogen Ecosystem Project” project is being coordinated by Texas-based Ad Astra Rocket.
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US Hybrid Hydrogen Sweeper for Caltrans

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GEP Unit with an 80-Kilowatt FCe80 Fuel Cell

US Hybrid reported an order at ACT Expo for a hydrogen fuel cell-powered street sweeper for Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation.
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