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Proterra Trumpets Seattle Catalyst Trial

April 1, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Heavily Laden 40-Footer Averaged 325 Miles per Day

Battery bus manufacturer Proterra has released the results of a 106-day trial of a 40-foot Catalyst FC (fast-charge) bus with King County Metro in Seattle. The vehicle ran 24 hours per day to simulate one year and, with 14,500 pounds of water ballast representing 125% of a normal full load of 77 passengers, logged 32,545 total miles – “nearly twice the distance of standard industry tests at Altoona,” Proterra says. updated April 4

JCI-Toshiba for New Start-Stop Battery

January 8, 2015 in batteries, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

SCiB from Toshiba for 12-Volt Vehicles for 2018 Production

Johnson Controls is to unveil new battery system for advanced start-stop vehicles at the North American International Auto Show next week. The new product, is fruit of a collaboration with Toshiba using lead acid and the Japanese company’s SCiB brand lithium titanate batteries.

The JCI-Toshiba battery system for start-stop vehicles employs both lead acid and lithium titanate chemistries.

The JCI-Toshiba battery system for start-stop vehicles employs both lead acid and lithium titanate chemistries.

“Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle,” Johnson Controls Power Solutions group VP and general manager for original equipment Lisa Bahash said in a release.

“In partnership with Toshiba, we are expanding our lithium ion product offerings to support the needs of our global customers,” Bahash said.

Toshiba’s SCiB

Toshiba, with its SCiB technology, is “the established market leader” for lithium titanate,” JCI says.

The new start-stop system has two batteries, JCI says: a 12-volt AGM/absorbent glass mat or EFB/enhanced flooded battery lead acid unit for engine starting and to supply power to accessories such as lights, navigation systems and radios, and a 12-volt lithium titanate battery to “accept and store regenerative braking energy during vehicle deceleration, enabling greater power and load management.”

8% Fuel Savings

“With an advanced start-stop system, drivers could save up to 8% every time they fill up their gas tank as the batteries enable the engine to shut off more frequently and for longer periods of time,” Bahash said. “The technology allows for greater fuel savings without major changes to the existing powertrain and electrical systems.”

It “works well in a wide range of temperatures and can be easily integrated into a vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system.”

Production of the new battery system is slated for 2018.

Johnson Controls will unveil the start-stop product on Monday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

The NAIAS 2015 press preview takes place January 12-13 and the industry preview is January 14-15. The event opens to the public January 17-25.

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Source: Johnson Controls with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Toshiba Lithium for Proterra’s New 40s

September 12, 2014 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UQM for the Motors and Controllers, Eaton for Two-Speed Transmission
As 100% Battery Electric 40-Foot Proterra ‘V2’ Bus Replaces Its 35 Footers

Proterra has selected Toshiba to supply SCiB brand lithium titanium battery modules for its new line of fully electric 40-foot transit buses, which are to replace the Greenville, S.C.-based firm’s 35-footers. The second-generation “V2” buses have motors and controllers from UQM Technologies, and a two-speed transmission developed with Eaton.

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