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Vanner’s IAP II for Hybrid Buses

October 17, 2014 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Unit Allows Full Electrification of All Accessory Components

Ohio’s Vanner has introduced its IAP II – increased accessory power – system for the full electrification of accessory components on hybrid electric buses.

Vanner’s new IAP II – for increased accessory power – helps facilitate the 100% electrification of components such as electric air conditioning systems, electric air compressors and electric power steering systems on Allison H 40/50 EP parallel hybrid electric buses.

Vanner’s new IAP II – for increased accessory power – helps facilitate the 100% electrification of components such as electric air conditioning systems, electric air compressors and electric power steering systems on Allison H 40/50 EP parallel hybrid electric buses.

The new Vanner system is designed for hybrid electric buses with the Allison H 40/50 EP parallel drive. It’s a customizable electric power distribution platform – handling up to 30 kilowatts of power – that “helps facilitate the 100% electrification of components such as electric air conditioning systems, electric air compressors and electric power steering systems.”

‘Improves on the Hybrid’s Efficiency’

“Full electrification of a hybrid bus is the single most advantageous option a transit authority can realize that will improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and lower maintenance costs,” Vanner president Steve Funk said in an announcement at APTA Expo in Houston this week.

“The durable Allison H 40/50 EP Hybrid already has a proven track record as a reliable sustainability solution,” Funk said. “IAP II improves on the hybrid’s efficiency by distributing the hybrid power throughout the entire bus. Both Allison and Vanner recognize full electrification is key to making a better hybrid.”

IAP II includes a water-cooled Vanner exportable power inverter (VEPI) producing 230-volt three-phase AC power for the bus accessories. A Vanner-built high-voltage distribution module “acts as a smart electrical grid for the hybrid bus.”


‘Best of Both Worlds’

The system includes either a single or dual hybrid beltless alternator for up to 600 amps-at-idle, 24-bolt DC charging.

“The hybrid,” said Vanner VP Chris Collet, “is its own electrical generation power plant. It is not dependent on a daily charging cycle to keep it on the road,” he said, as is a fully electric buses.

“An IAP II equipped hybrid bus continues to use the best of both worlds of mechanical and electric efficiencies,” Collet said.


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Source: Vanner with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Clean Energy for NGV Easy Bay

October 14, 2014 in CNG, event, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Low Cost Separation and Vapor Containment for NGV Facilities
And a Strong Showing for CNG Transit at APTA Expo in Houston

Clean Energy Fuels is introducing NGV Easy Bay as a low-cost way to sequester natural gas vehicles in existing maintenance facilities. The patent-pending product, is said to be “the first code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain designed for quick, cost-efficient installation and operation.”
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All-Battery from Volvo’s Nova Bus

October 13, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TM4 Driveline and a Fast-Charge System from Siemens

Volvo’s Canada-based Nova Bus unit is promoting a fully battery-electric “Electro Mobility solution” transit bus at APTA Expo in Houston. The developmental bus has a Sumo HD driveline from TM4 (which is also Quebec-based) and a high-power, overhead inverted pantograph fast-charge system developed with Siemens.
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BYD for the First All-Battery Artic Bus

September 30, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First-Ever Anywhere to Be Unveiled at APTA in Houston This Month

China’s BYD has pledged to unveil the world’s first 100% pure battery electric articulated transit bus at APTA Expo in Houston this month, promising to bring all-electric propulsion to a new market sector – the 60-footer.
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NGVAmerica Zone at APTA 2014 Houston

January 14, 2014 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGV Zone for October Meeting Is Already 80% Full

NGVAmerica has advised members that it will cease sales of booth space in the NGV Zone at this autumn’s APTA Expo in January 31. “Almost 80 percent of the Zone’s 8,300 square feet is committed,” the association says.
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NGVAmerica Eyes APTA 2014

January 24, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Discounts for Exhibiting at Tri-Annual Show: ‘Time to Commit’

NGVAmerica is gearing up for the massive tri-annual American Public Transportation Association show in Texas in October 2014, offering discounted exhibit space in the 8,300-square-foot NGV Read More >>



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