ACT News 2017


Cummins Taps Gillig for Battery Buses

October 30, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Talks Up Its Driveline at APTA and Europe’s BusWorld

Cummins unveiled a partnership for 100% battery-electric buses with Gillig at the American Public transportation Association’s tri-annual gala in Atlanta this month, and two weeks later introduced its all-electric drive to the European market at the BusWorld exhibition in Belgium.

TM4 Launches BCI20, a Charger-Inverter

September 6, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Unit Functions as Both Battery Charger and Inverter

Canada’s TM4, “in a strategic move to broaden its product offering,” is talking up its new BC102 as an innovative and economical combination charger and inverter for electric vehicles.

TM4 Talks Up 500 Workhorse EV Orders

August 23, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sumo MD Powertrains for Battery & Extended-Range Trucks

Canada’s TM4 has disclosed an order for 500 of its Sumo MD brand electric drivelines for E-100 all-battery and E-Gen range-extended electric vehicles by Workhorse.

TM4 and Cummins Team for PHEVs

May 15, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘TM4’s Expertise and Real-Road Experience Will Be Instrumental’

Citing its experience in the China market, TM4 announced last week a joint effort with Cummins to develop a PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain for “for Class 7/8 transit buses that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% over conventional hybrid buses.

Motiv to AmeriPride: 30 More e-Trucks

March 7, 2017 in batteries, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Operator Claims a Record for the Textile Delivery Sector

Power Systems is spreading the word this morning that it’s supplying an additional 20 all-electric delivery vans to AmeriPride Services, making for a total of 30.

Lion Bus Eyes California Factory

February 14, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Literally Redefined School Bus Standards with Its eLion’

Top officials in Sacramento are talking up a plan whereby Quebec’s Lion Bus (Autobus Lion) would manufacture its eLion all-battery Type C school bus in California.

200 More Workhorse E-Gen Vans for UPS

October 14, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Follow-On Order Is a First for the Industry, Says CEO

UPS has confirmed that the order for 200 E-Gen vans reported by Workhorse last month is indeed for UPS, stating that, “Equipped with lithium ion batteries and a range-extender engine, these trucks will deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains, approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle.”

GAS for AmeriPride and 185 CNG for UPS

August 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Electricity and CNG for AmeriPride, CNG for UPS

Green Alternative Systems is busily converting walk-in vans to 100% battery electric operation and compressed natural gas for AmeriPride – nine and 20 vehicles respectively – and is converting 185 vehicles for UPS to CNG for deployment in Colorado.

TM4 Upgrades Its Sumo MD Drivelines

June 9, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, New Products, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Technology Developed with Rio Tinto & National Research Council of Canada

TM4 will unveil three new Sumo MD powertrain options at the EVS29 world electric vehicles meeting in Montreal later this month, promising better performance and less reliance on rare earth materials. The company promises a 45% improvement in torque and speed.

TM4 for Ballard’s New FC Module

February 9, 2016 in Companies, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Motor & Inverter for New Generation FCvelocity-HD7 Fuel Cell Unit

Canada’s TM4 said today that it’s supplying electric motors and inverters to be coupled with compressor units for the new FCvelocity-HD7 hydrogen fuel cell power module from Ballard Power Systems.

Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 hydrogen fuel cell power module

Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 hydrogen fuel cell power module

TM4’s Motive brand high-RPM motors were selected by Ballard for their proven reliability, quality and high power density, TM4 says.

“The air supply of a fuel cell is a very critical system,” states a release. “A robust, compact and efficient motor is essential to the design of a fuel cell.

Costs Have Been Cut

“The selection of TM4’s products was also driven by the cost optimization process of the development of this new generation of FCvelocity-HD power module,” the company said. “TM4 has made significant progress through its global supply chain in order to lower cost and support Ballard in the worldwide deployment of its new FCvelocity-HD7.”

“This new project has allowed TM4 to optimize our products for fuel cell module requirements, enabling our expansion into a new and promising market,” TM4 COO Robert Baril said in today’s announcement.

“We look forward to this collaboration that will certainly strengthen the relationship between our companies.”

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TM4 Is in Venture for a New Drivetrain

January 22, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Partners PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors, and Quebec:
‘A Major Breakthrough for TM4 in the Passenger Car Industry’

TM4 is promoting its role in a joint venture to develop a new drivetrain for electric vehicles. The partners are PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors, TM4 parent Hydro-Québec and the government of Québec. The new drive is to draw on technology developed for the TM4 Motive system, which employs the firm’s CO150 inverter and HSM60 motor.

UPS Orders 125 Workhorse E-Gens

September 9, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly All-Electric Vehicles for Seven States for the First Half of 2016:
‘Vehicles Are a Bridge to the Delivery Trucks of Tomorrow,’ UPS Says

UPS said this morning that it’s purchased 125 hybrid electric delivery trucks from Workhorse “as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.”

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.

TM4 Drives via PEPS for BLK in China

July 15, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Than 100 Powertrains for BonLuck Buses via Joint Venture

Quebec’s TM4 reports that PEPS, its Prestolite E-Propulsion Systems joint venture in China, has received an order for more than 100 electric powertrain systems to equip 6- and 8-mter buses by BLK/BonLuck.

TM4 in China for e-Trucks, Buses

February 10, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Canada’s TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec, has agreed to form a sino-foreign equity joint venture company named Prestolite E-Propulsion Systems (Beijing) Limited.

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