Vigor+ ESS Battery Packs for Minnesota Agency’s Allison-Drive Hybrids,
MT Says It’s Bought $45,000 Packs Sufficient for Ten Bus Replacements
EnerDel said today that its Vigor+ ESS lithium ion battery packs/energy storage systems will be installed in diesel-fueled hybrid electric buses operated by Minnesota’s Metro Transit.
The contract, with deliveries to begin in the fourth quarter, “opens a new territory for EnerDel,” the company says.
“Proliferating our cutting edge technology across the country with transit authorities creates the baseline revenue outlined within our business plan,” EnerDel CEO Michael Canada says in a release.
MT Is Planning Ahead
Metro Transit owns more than 130 electric-hybrid vehicles, which represents about 15% of the overall fleet. “All of the electric-hybrids are 40-foot buses, and the vast majority of these buses are equipped with Allison propulsion systems,” says a spokesman.
“Some batteries are expected to fail before these hybrid buses reach their 12-year replacement cycle,” the spokesman told F&F.
“Anticipating these failures and knowing there is a long lead time to procure replacement batteries, Metro Transit initiated a competitive, public bidding process for replacement batteries,” and approved the purchase of ten EnerDel packs: “Purchased batteries will be available for future use and replacements will occur only as needed. Each unit costs $45,000, and the budget allows for some contingency.”
Allison’s ‘Full Approval’
EnerDel’s low-profile Vigor+ pack has full approval for use with the Allison Hybrid H 40/50 EPTM drive, the manufacturer says, and is Buy American Compliant.
EnerDel supplies battery packs designed to replace the factory-supplied nickel metal hydride units on Allison-drive hybrid vehicles (F&F, September 8, 2014).
EnerDel will be hosting the sixth edition of its Lithium-Ion Battery System Training Program at its Indianapolis technical center September 14-18. The week-long course is designed “to provide a comprehensive understanding of lithium-ion chemistry, technology, diagnostics, system design and safety,” the company says. Participants will receive supporting training materials and diagnostic software.
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