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Proterra Launches DuoPower Driveline

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly Twice The Horsepower and Acceleration,’
And ‘Five Times More Efficient’ than Diesel Buses,
Separately, Van Hool Picks Proterra Componentry

All-battery busbuilder Proterra has introduced a new driveline for its transit vehicles, pledging that its Catalyst buses with the “DuoPower” brand drive “will now have nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration, and will be five times more efficient than a standard diesel bus.”

EnerDel for AC Transit Batteries

September 22, 2014 in batteries, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Maintenance and Reconditioning for Hydrogen Bus Fleet

Indiana’s EnerDel reports a four-year agreement with Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit for service and maintenance of the battery packs currently installed in the transit authority’s fleet hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Flint to Save Millions with Propane

March 22, 2013 in Fleet Order, Hydrogen, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

60 More Ford-Chassis Buses, Roush Upfits by Hoekstra

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. is getting 60 new El Dorado National buses – based on the Ford E-450 cutaway chassis – with dedicated-propane fuel systems from Roush CleanTech installed by Hoekstra Transportation in Grand Rapids.

ClearEdge Power Buying UTC Power

January 25, 2013 in Biomethane, Companies, Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Disposition of Transportation Fuel Cells Business Is Uncertain,
Separately, AC Transit Is to Resume Operation of Its UTC Buses

Oregon’s ClearEdge Power has disclosed the pending acquisition of UTC Power from United Technologies, but the fate of UTC’s PureMotion fuel cell business for transportation is likely to remain unknown until after the purchase closes – “early in 2013,” ClearEdge says.

BioCNG for BRT Hybrids in Sweden

December 5, 2012 in Biomethane, CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

78-Foot Van Hool Artics with Siemens, Luxfer-Dynetek, MAN

A new fleet of large, Van Hool-built buses for Malmö, Sweden will be compressed natural gas-fueled – largely with biomethane. The 78-foot ExquiCity 24 buses from Belgium are being purchased by Stockholm-based Nobina as part of a joint venture with the City of Malmö and Skånetrafiken. They are to commence operation in June 2014.

Flint Embraces Propane, Eyes Hydrogen

May 1, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, Hydrogen, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. is embracing alternative fuels, augmenting an existing compressed natural gas fueling unit at its Grand Blanc facility with a dozen more economical propane installations, and celebrating the arrival of a hydrogen fuel cell bus, on May 21.

MTA operates a Ford E-450 cutaway with a dedicated propane upfit by Roush CleanTech, expects a second in May, and two more in July, says general manager Ed Benning. His agency will go out to bid to deploy a total of 65 propane shuttle buses by year-end – making for opportunity for other upfitters as well. Also by the end of this year, MTA expects have propane fueling at all 12 of its Flint area locations.

AC Transit’s Solar-Boosted Hydrogen

April 11, 2012 in Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

“This isn’t just rain, it’s fuel for more buses,” Proton Onsite chairman Tom Sullivan said April 10 as Oakland’s AC Transit dedicated a hydrogen fueling station in Emeryville, Calif. that will help support a dozen fuel cell buses and as many as 20 hydrogen cars per day.

Ballard for Brazil and Norway Buses

January 14, 2012 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vancouver’s Ballard Power Systems (Toronto:BLD and NASDAQ:BLDP) reports deals to supply 25 of its FCvelocity HD6 hydrogen fuel cell power modules for buses for Sao Paulo, and 21 to Belgium’s Van Hool for buses for Norway. The combination “points to significant progress toward commercialization of zero-emission fuel cell buses in 2012,” Ballard president and CEO John Sheridan said in a release.

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