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Siemens for Montreal DesignLine Buses

November 20, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Motors and inverters for Battery Electric Buses

Siemens will supply permanent magnet excited motors, inverters and voltage protection modules for the rear-axle drive systems of seven new all-electric buses being manufactured by DesignLine for STM, Canada’s Montreal Transit Authority.

Like DesignLine’€™s EcoSmart, introduced in 2007, the all-new buses for Montreal will be 100% battery electric.

The sale is pursuant to a $5.9 million deal with Société de transport de Montréal disclosed by DesignLine in May, Siemens says. The new vehicles, described by DesignLine engineering VP Josh Anderson as “a brand new, scratch-build design for us,” will be 36-passenger “midi buses”  with a single-charge range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge.

There are more than 1,500 hybrid drive systems with Siemens equipment in operation worldwide, hybrid drives business manager Thomas Orberger said in the announcement.

DesignLine has its own proprietary controls, and will use Zebra batteries from Fiamm, Anderson told F&F.

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Source: Siemens release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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