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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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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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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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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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ENC for LA Metro: CNG Bus Contract

September 6, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ElDorado National – California Gets $200 Million Contract
And Critical NtP for 295 Forty-Foot CNG-Fueled Transit Buses,
Local Employment Was Factor, as ENC Builds Buses in Riverside

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week awarded a $199.1 million contract to ElDorado National – California for 295 forty-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit buses. Also received from the agency is an NtP/notice to proceed.
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Clean Energy Fuels CNG for Ohio’s PARTA

August 31, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$2.8 Million Public-Access Station to Support
35-Foot Axess Vehicles from ElDorado National

Clean Energy Fuels has won a $2.8 million contract to design and build a new public-access CNG fueling station for PARTA, the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority in Portage County, Ohio. updated August 25

This item was initially posted on August 23,
re-posted with new images on August 31

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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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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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BYD 60-Footers for ART/Albuquerque

August 11, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Twenty All-Battery K11 Vehicles by the End of 2017

BYD has delivered the first of 20 of its K11 model 60-foot all-battery buses for Albuquerque Rapid Transit, and pledged this week to deliver the remainder of an order of 20 by year-end.
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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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Clean Energy Fuels: Mid-Year Roundup

August 3, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs, refuse, transit, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Transit and Refuse and Trucking and the Post Office:
A Rundown of Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Progress,
Meanwhile Second Quarter Volumes Up But Revenue Down

Transit agencies in Texas and California are among the standouts as Clean Energy Fuels issued a mid-year rundown of recent contracts in the natural gas vehicle fueling business. updated August 4
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LA Metro Orders e-Buses, CNG too

July 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Is Buying 95 Battery Vehicles from BYD and New Flyer
As Actions Include CNG/RNG Vehicles from Two Suppliers,
And Up to $26.5 Million for Near Zero Replacement Engines

The busy board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – LA Metro – voted last week to buy 95 all-battery buses. And while it endorsed the idea of an all-electric fleet in future, the board voted too to buy 360 compressed natural gas-fueled buses and to replace the engines in as many as 395 existing CNG buses with super low-NOx “Near Zero” engines from Cummins Westport. updated August 2
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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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Metro Nod for ENC’s Low-NOx CNG Buses

June 27, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Board Approves Staff Recommendation for Eldorado
To Supply Up to 600 Forty-Footers with L9N Engines

The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a staff recommendation to purchase 295 forty-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit buses from ElDorado National – California. If contracted, ENC will be a new supplier to the agency.
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