Replacement Packs for Allison-Drive Coast Mountain Vehicles
EnerDel has broken into Canada with its lithium ion battery packs as replacement units for the original equipment NiMH/nickel metal hydride batteries in buses with parallel hybrid electric drives by Allison Transmission.
The initial customer is TransLink’s Vancouver-area Coast Mountain Bus Company. EnerDel’s lithium ESS/energy storage systems will be handled by ABC Transmissions, the Allison distributor for British Columbia.
“EnerDel is focused on customer and post-sales support,” EnerDel transportation VP Tomasz Poznar said in a release. “Our strategy is to partner with local representatives to provide quick on-site response if technical support is needed,” he said.
‘Quick Inventory Access’
ABC is provide on-site warranty and post-warranty support. EnerDel units will be warehoused by ABC “to offer quick inventory access for CMBC and other transit authorities operating in western Canada,” EnerDel says.
“Local support is very important for all our customers but critical for new users,” said Poznar.
“The hybrid fleet is a very important part of Vancouver’s transportation system and ABC Transmissions, as a local distributor for key vehicle systems and components, plays an important role supporting reliability of the fleet,” ABC Transmissions VP Dave Cappon says in the EnerDel announcement.
‘Longer Life, Better Reliability and Lower Total Cost’
“The new lithium-ion ESS replacement offers longer life, better reliability and lower total cost of ownership,” Cappon said, pointing too to “new technology and manufacturer commitment backed with superior warranty terms.”
Coast Mountain is testing EnerDel’s PP320-738-LP replacement packs in a 60-foot articulated bus by New Flyer and four 40-foot NovaBus vehicles, Poznar told F&F.
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