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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

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