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Trillium for FWTA’s CNG Station Upgrade

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Early Transit Adopter’s Private Station Is Getting a Makeover
With Ariel Compressors by ANGI & J-W Power, TGT Dispensers

Following a competitive solicitation process, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Texas has selected Love’s Trillium CNG to provide a series of upgrades to its private compressed natural gas fueling facility.
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Phoenix-Valley Metro CNG New Flyers

November 15, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility to Supply Fuel Cylinders for as Many as 396 Buses

New Flyer of America has disclosed a contract to supply, through a joint procurement, as many as 396 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot Xcelsior brand buses to the City of Phoenix and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority – aka RPTA, or Valley Metro.
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Mercedes’ Battery Bus: the Citaro E-Cell

November 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Production Is Planned ‘Towards the End of Next Year,’
Manufacturer Says It’s ‘Already Tendering for Contracts’

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit has joined in the drive for fully electric transit, announcing Friday its plans for the Citaro E-Cell, with series production commencing “towards the end of next year.”
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Proterra in Louisiana and in California

November 10, 2017 in Airports, EVs, Fleet Order, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five 40-Foot Catalyst E2 Buses for Shreveport’s SporTran,
San Jose Approves Purchase of Ten for SJC/Mineta Airport

Five 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles for Shreveport’s SporTran, entering service this month, are the first 100% battery-electric buses for Louisiana, Proterra said this week.
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LA’s Big New Flyers: Both CNG & Electric

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

As Many as 300 New CNG Buses, and 100 Electrics,
All to Be the Manufacturer’s 60-Foot Xcelsior Model

New Flyer of America took the occasion of this month’s APTA/American Public Transportation Association exhibition in Atlanta this month to trumpet big new orders for 60-foot Xcelsior buses from LA Metro, California’s the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: as many as 300 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, and as many as 100 battery-electric vehicles.
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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

New Flyer Launches Xcelsior Charge eBus

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Available as 35-, 40-, and 60-Foot BRT Articulated Vehicles
As Company Opens New Vehicle Innovation Center in Alabama

New Flyer of America has introduced the Xcelsior Charge as “the next generation of its industry-leading, battery-electric heavy duty transit bus.”
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Proterra Launches DuoPower Driveline

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly Twice The Horsepower and Acceleration,’
And ‘Five Times More Efficient’ than Diesel Buses,
Separately, Van Hool Picks Proterra Componentry

All-battery busbuilder Proterra has introduced a new driveline for its transit vehicles, pledging that its Catalyst buses with the “DuoPower” brand drive “will now have nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration, and will be five times more efficient than a standard diesel bus.”
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TriMet’s First Five eBuses: New Flyers

September 29, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Oregon Agency’s ‘First Move’ Toward All-Electric Fleet

TriMet, Oregon’s Portland-area Tri-County Metro Transportation District, has ordered five 40-foot all-battery Xcelsior buses from New Flyer, the manufacturer said yesterday. “It is TriMet’s first move in deploying a long-term test of battery-electric buses within their network, in consideration of transition to an all-electric fleet,” New Flyer said.
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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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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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Source: BorgWarner with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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