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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

EnerDel Trumpets 20 Million Transit Miles

September 13, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, maintenance, milestones, transit, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone for Vigor + Lithium Ion Replacement Units

“Vigor+” brand lithium ion replacement battery packs – ESS units, for energy storage systems – for hybrid buses have logged more than 20 million miles of service and “are playing a major role in fueling the company’s resurgence as a major U.S. manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems,” according to a release yesterday.
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EnerDel Names NEDDA as Distributor

December 2, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New England Detroit Diesel Allison for Replacement Bus Packs

EnerDel has named Boston area-based New England Detroit Diesel Allison Power Products as a distributor for its Vigor+ ESS/energy storage systems for buses with the Allison H40/50 EP parallel hybrid electric drive.
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EnerDel Lithium for STM’s Hybrid Buses

July 18, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vigor+ Packs Replace Original NiMH Units in Nova Bus Vehicles

EnerDel’s lithium ion ESS (energy storage system) battery packs have been chosen by Canada’s STM, the Société de Transport de Montréal, to replace original nickel metal hydride battery packs in eight Nova Bus transit vehicles with Allison parallel hybrid electric drives.
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EnerDel Lithium Ions for Buses in Canada

March 28, 2016 in batteries, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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EnerDel Lithium for Metro Transit

August 24, 2015 in batteries, Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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EnerDel Lithium Battery for WMATA

November 24, 2014 in batteries, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pack Delivered with Allison Parts Distributor Johnson and Towers

EnerDel says it’s completed the installation of one of its nickel metal hydride-replacing PP320-738-LP Vigor+ lithium ion battery packs into a hybrid electric bus operated by WMATA, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The EnerDel Vigor+ lithium battery pack for WMATA was supplied in partnership with Allison distributor Johnson and Towers.

The EnerDel Vigor+ lithium battery pack for WMATA was supplied in partnership with Allison distributor Johnson and Towers.

The low-profile battery packs are designed to replace factory NiMH packs in buses with parallel hybrid drives from Allison Transmission (F&F, June 7).

It’s an off-the-shelf product, EnerDel says, with more than three times the rated energy of the existing NiMH system. Established diagnostic reporting is maintained and the product is Buy American compliant.

A Five-Year Pact with Allison

Agencies using the EnerDel replacement packs include the Seattle area’s King County Metro Transit, the Oahu Transit Authority in Hawaii, and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit.

The pack for the WMATA bus, EnerDel says, was furnished, delivered, and installed in partnership with New Jersey-based Johnson and Towers.


EnerDel said too this month that it’s finalized terms with Allison for a five-year agreement allowing EnerDel to market its low-profile PP320-689-LP Vigor+ pack as approved support equipment. The five-year term length of the agreement rounds out a strategic relationship that was initiated in September, EnerDel said.


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Source: EnerDel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

EnerDel Packs for Allison Hybrid Buses

September 8, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Strategic Relationship for PP320-689-LP Vigor+ Lithium Packs

Indiana’s EnerDel has entered a strategic relationship for EnerDel’s PP320-689-LP Vigor+ brand lithium ion packs to be offered as a replacement for the factory nickel metal hydride packs in buses with Allison hybrid electric drives.
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