Shuttle Operator Nearly Doubles Hydraulic Hybrid Fleet
Massachusetts-based Kiessling Transit has ordered 32 more shuttle vehicles with Lightning Hybrids driveline upfits, nearly doubling its hydraulic hybrid fleet.
Massachusetts-based Kiessling ordered 35 Ford E450-chassis vehicles with Elkhart Coach bodies and Lightning hydraulic hybrid drives last year (F&F, March 5, 2015). The vehicles were commissioned in September, and have since logged nearly a million miles.
The Lightning Energy Recovery System, or ERS, “has demonstrated improvements of 25% in fuel efficiency, and significantly reduced tailpipe emissions,” Lightning said today.
Kiessling: ‘An Innovative Early Adopter’
“In addition, Lightning Hybrids has identified ways to reduce vehicle idle time by up to 30%.”
“Our partnership with Kiessling Transit proves the benefits of our ERS both to fleets and to the communities they serve in terms of cleaner air and in reduced costs,” Lightning co-founder and president Tim Reeser says in today’s announcement.
“Kiessling Transit is an innovative early adopter and was one of the first customers to trial our technology for over a year, in 2013, which they followed last year with our largest order at that time for 35 units,” Reeser said.
‘Proven and Sustainable’
“This new order demonstrates that companies like Kiessling are willing to make their existing fleet vehicles significantly cleaner and more efficient with a high-tech hybrid system built on proven and sustainable hydraulic technology.”
“We are the only transit fleet in Massachusetts running hybrid buses that do not pollute the air the way diesel and gasoline buses do,” said, chief operations officer, Transit. “We are pleased with the reliability of the ERS and the customer service provided by Lightning Hybrids.
National Fleet Hybrids for Lightning ERS Installations
“We are focused on providing the most efficient, reliable, environmentally friendly transportation to the areas we serve, and this technology supports our goals,” said Kiessling COO Roger Kiessling.
The Lightning drives were installed and are being maintained by Lightning’s East Coast distributor, National Fleet Hybrids, located in Attleboro, Mass. “The ERS technology is a much-needed addition to the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market,” NFH presidenr Glen Perlman says in the Lightning release. “It addresses the main concerns of our customers, which are managing fuel costs and addressing clean air standards.”
Lightning notes that its proprietary fleet data analytics software, which tracks and evaluates vehicle and system performance, was tested and proven on the Kiessling fleet.
“The results, logged through Lightning Hybrids’ telematics systems and confirmed through Kiessling’s fuel logs, revealed the improvements in fuel economy and reductions in emissions. Driver feedback also confirmed vehicle performance benefits.”
Kiessling has a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that pays for 80% percent of the cost of the Lightning Hybrids installations on the Ford E450 vehicles.
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