ACT News 2017

Electric Drive

Nikola Taps Bosch for Class 8 Powertrain

September 22, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Expertise & Portfolio Help Start-Ups Go from Concept to Execution’

Utah’s Nikola Motor will use Bosch eAxle technology in its hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 truck, a powerful over-the-road vehicle that’s to hit the market in 2021. “The eAxle will use proven commercial vehicle electric machine technology and SMG (separate motor generator) motors from Bosch,” Nikola says.
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FIA Formula E: the Next Season

September 21, 2017 in Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome Are New to See All-Battery Races,
New York Repeats as Series Starts in Hong Kong, Ends in Montreal

The FIA Formula E series of 100% battery-electric races will come to New York City again next summer following Germany and France and a new appearance in Rome.
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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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Lightning-New Eagle Battery Ford Transit

September 13, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LightningElectric Zero-Emission Van to Go on Sale in Early 2018
By Ford Dealers as eQVM vehicle with Ford Warranties, Financing

Lightning Systems and New Eagle are unveiling today a zero-emission, all-battery version of the Ford Transit van, a 10,360-pound GVWR vehicle to go on sale in early 2018. LightningElectric Transit passenger wagon, van, cutaway and chassis cab models are to be available directly from Ford dealers.
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Ten More Proterra Buses, for Clemson

September 8, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Catbus Orders Ten Catalyst E2 Vehicles
Complementing Six Serving Nearby Seneca,
UQM Motors for Buses to Be Built in Greenville

Proterra said Wednesday that South Carolina’s Clemson Area Transit – Catbus – has ordered ten new 100% battery-electric Catalyst E2 buses, complementing six 35-foot units in operation in nearby Seneca.
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Capstone Kenworth: CNG Drives a Turbine

September 7, 2017 in CNG, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Integration of a Corvus Battery Pack
Driving JJE Motors in Reefer Vehicle for Deliveries,
Agility CNG Tanks Fuel Electricity-Generating Turbine 

Capstone has released details about a CNG microturbine-powered Class 7 Kenworth T370 configured for battery-electric or series hybrid electric operation, intended as a delivery vehicle. Recently completed track testing has confirmed both high-speed performance as well as operation on 20% grades, the company says. updated September 12
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ACT Expo to Feature Comm’l EVs Summit

September 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2018, CEVS/Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, Hybrids, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizers Add CEVS/Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit
To Spring’s 2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo

Organizers of the 2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo announced this morning that the gathering will include CEVS, the new Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit, to showcase the latest advances in battery-electric and fuel cell vehicle technologies for the medium- and heavy-duty market.
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BorgWarner HVH for Scania Hybrid Bus

September 7, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Key Enabler for Parallel Hybrid Drive’

BorgWarner is promoting use of its HVH410 electric motors for the new Citywide parallel hybrid electric bus offered by Sweden’s Scania for urban transit routes. HVH stands for high voltage hairpin, a power-dense motor design acquired from Remy in 2015.

“Positioned between the clutch and gearbox in a P2 layout, the 650-volt electric motor drives the vehicle at low speeds,” BorgWarner says, “when enough energy is available.

BorgWarner HVH410 electric motor

“The motor also charges the battery by generating power while braking or driving downhill, and supports the shifting sequence in the automatic mode of automated manual transmissions. With their clean, quiet operation, HVH410 electric motors allow buses to operate in zero emission zones and noise-sensitive areas.

‘Comprehensive’ Portfolio

“As a key enabler for parallel hybrid drive concepts for commercial vehicles, BorgWarner’s HVH410 electric motors help meet both market demands and emissions regulations,” said BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems president and GM Dr. Stefan Demmerle says in a release.

“This application, as well as our development partnership for future programs with Scania, expands our comprehensive hybrid and electric product portfolio and reinforces our strong reputation as a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.”

‘Compact Dimensions’

The HVH410 electric motors are available as fully housed motors or as rotor/stator assemblies. Employing patented HVH stator winding technology, the “versatile and powerful” electric motors deliver a maximum torque of 2,000 Nm and a power output of up to 300 kilowatts (402 horsepower) with peak efficiencies better than 95%.

“In addition,” BorgWarner says, “compact dimensions and individually customizable stack length, cooling and winding configurations facilitate easy integration into almost all electric and hybrid applications.”

BorgWarner acquired Remy International and the HVH motor line in 2015 (F&F, July 14, 2015).


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Source: BorgWarner with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TM4 Launches BCI20, a Charger-Inverter

September 6, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Unit Functions as Both Battery Charger and Inverter

Canada’s TM4, “in a strategic move to broaden its product offering,” is talking up its new BC102 as an innovative and economical combination charger and inverter for electric vehicles.
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Motiv Places More Battery School Buses

September 6, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Starcraft eQuest XL Bodies on Ford F-59 Chassis, FZSoNick Batteries,
Placed via Creative Bus Sales with Partial Funding by CEC & SCAQMD

More all-battery school buses with Motiv Power Systems drives are being placed in California, as two vehicles for the Colton Joint Unified School District east of Los Angeles join 13 Motiv-drive school buses for Sacramento and four already in service in the San Joaquin Valley.
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A Billion Bucks for Clean Cal Vehicles

August 30, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, policy by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lawmakers Aim for ‘a Diesel-Free California by 2030:’
New California Senate Plan Calls for Big Program Boosts
In Cap-and-Trade Money for School Buses and Port Trucks

“A diesel-free California by 2030” is the goal of California lawmakers who called yesterday for nearly $1 billion in cap-and-trade revenues to be used to fund clean vehicle placement and diesel retrofit and replacement projects.
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Cummins Unveils Class 7 Battery Truck

August 29, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TM4 Motors Power New All-Electric ‘Urban Hauler EV’

Cummins took the occasion of a technical tour in Columbus, Ind. this morning to unveil a fully electric, Class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler EV tractor. Built by Roush, the new “Aeos” truck boasts efficiency equivalent to more than 30 miles per diesel gallon.
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TM4 Talks Up 500 Workhorse EV Orders

August 23, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sumo MD Powertrains for Battery & Extended-Range Trucks

Canada’s TM4 has disclosed an order for 500 of its Sumo MD brand electric drivelines for E-100 all-battery and E-Gen range-extended electric vehicles by Workhorse.
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Proterra e-Buses for San Joaquin RTD

August 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Agency to Go All-Electric on BRT Route This Month,
Will Be the First Bus Rapid Transit Operator in the U.S. to Do So
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District in California’s Central Valley will convert its express BRT/bus rapid transit route full to electricity this month, says Proterra, which is supplying the Stockton-based agency’s all-battery vehicles.
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Ryder Backs Chanje, Its Third EV Partner

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

Initial Order Placed for New All-Battery Delivery Trucks:
‘An Innovative Product That Will Help Reshape the Industry’
With Initial Deployments in California in the Coming Weeks,
Following Earlier EV Partnerships with Workhorse & Nikola

Ryder System will be the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, the California-based medium-duty electric vehicle and energy services company which announced plans for a new line of all-battery trucks late last week. The first are to be deployed in California within 30 days.
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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

 

 


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