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Re: Battery-electric bus discussion

Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:41 pm

Both Via GCC:
Solaris providing an additional 12 Urbino electric buses to Cluj Napoca
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/10/20181003-solaris.html

. . . Having ordered 41 buses in total, Cluj Napoca will become the city with the highest number of Solaris Urbino electrics in Europe.

Even though the agreement stipulated deliveries over the next three years, the city decided to have orders completed in slightly more than a year after all. The first 11 electric Solaris buses where delivered to the customer in spring this year. Another 12 buses will make it to Cluj Napoca by the end of 2018. The last batch with 18 freshly ordered vehicles is to leave Bolechowo nine months after contract signing.

The bus purchase was partly financed by the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Program. CTP Transport Company has been named operator. The contract is worth nearly PLN 90 million (US$24.3 million). . . .

The 12-meter Urbino electric for the Romanian carrier will be equipped with a 160 kW central motor and traction batteries of the Solaris High Energy type with a capacity of 200 kWh. Adding electric buses to the operator’s fleet meant for the city investments in charging facilities, too. Eleven slow-charging and three fast-charging stations using pantographs (each bus is fitted with a pantograph mounted on the bus roof above the second axle) have been set up in the city in the past year.

The buses can carry up to 78 passengers, including 27 sitting on seats of which 10 are accessible from the low floor.




Momentum Dynamics to deliver 200 kW wireless charging systems for Martha's Vineyard Transit Buses
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/10/20181003-momentumdynamics.html

. . . Three co-located 200 kilowatt (kW) wireless charging systems will be installed at the Church Street Visitors Center in Edgartown, MA in time for the island’s 2019 tourist season. Smart charging capabilities provide the VTA with the tools to manage utility load during wireless charging events.

Additionally, VTA is installing 250-500 kWh battery storage systems to allow the VTA Maintenance and Operations Center to operate as a micro-grid optimized to charge electric vehicles. As the VTA transitions to a fully-electric bus fleet, on-route charging sites will be added, each of which will operate as an independent micro-grid, supported by energy storage.

Momentum Dynamics’ wireless charging systems will be retrofitted into the first 10 BYD electric buses in VTA’s fleet. The system has a proven 94% efficiency from utility to battery providing on-route high power charging, critical in converting VTA’s fleet to battery electric buses.

Installed in the roadway, on-route charging allows buses to be recharged multiple times each day during scheduled stops. In as little as five minutes, the buses can receive enough energy to fuel a complete circulation loop. This practice enables unlimited driving range.

The high-power inductive bus charging system at VTA will become the third installation in North America to operate at over 200 kW.
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Re: Battery-electric bus discussion

Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:49 pm

Via the East Bay Times:
California could be rolling all electric buses by 2040
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/09/27/california-could-be-rolling-all-electric-buses-by-2040/

Despite worries about how well environmentally friendly electric buses will withstand the pounding of everyday traffic, the California Air Resources Board will hold the first of two hearings Friday on committing to begin transitioning to a full fleet of zero-emission buses in two years.

Northern California agencies already testing the clean-burning vehicles include AC Transit, MUNI, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and Monterey-Salinas Transit with SamTrans joining the list next year.

The message is clear. This will be the green light of an electric revolution for public transit with the goal to have only electric buses on all city streets by 2040. . . .

Added SamTrans spokesman Dan Lieberman: “Our board has stated that we’ve purchased our last diesel bus.”

There are 130 electric buses being tested statewide. MUNI hopes to beat the 2040 mandate by five years. VTA is running electric buses on Line 10 also known as the Airport Flyer. The VTA will likely not purchase any bus using diesel, natural gas or gasoline after 2027.

The cost of buying an electric bus can be $200,000 more than a diesel or hybrid. Setting up charging stations can add thousands more to the startup price tag.

But maintenance should be less and, of course, fuel costs zilch*. Chicago officials say each of its electric buses saves $25,000 a year. VTA’s fleet of five electric buses has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases by 1,266 tons per year. That’s the equivalent of about 350 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

About 65 percent of VTA’s bus fleet is diesel electric hybrids. By 2022, it plans to replace the remaining regular diesel buses with either hybrids or fully electric ones.

Funds are beginning to come in. The California Air Resources Board voted to invest $130 million from the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” settlement to purchase zero-emission transit buses, school buses and shuttle buses. And the California Public Utilities Commission made a $760 million investment in electric charging infrastructure. Los Angeles recently received a $36 million grant from the California Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program to purchase 112 electric buses, and California’s $25 million Rural School Bus Pilot Project provides electric bus funding through cap-and-trade revenue.

But there are concerns. Will these buses get the mileage promised, will their batteries remain powerful for the 500,000 miles older buses cover over 12 years and will the doors work?

The Los Angeles Times found Southern California buses stalled on hills, required service calls much more frequently than older buses and had unpredictable driving ranges below promised distances, which were impaired by the heat, the cold or the way drivers braked. The first five buses sent to Los Angeles Metro were pulled off the road after less than five months of service.

The Monterey-Salinas Transit agency now operates an electric bus along Cannery Row and in October will have two more in Salinas. General Manager Carl Sedoryk said “zero-emission” buses have proven to have vastly different performances depending upon everything from local temperature, topography, length of routes, and even driver braking and acceleration habits. As such, transit operators must plan for the worst case range to avoid having a bus run out of power mid-route. . . .

Still, the effort to go all-electric is gaining momentum.

“San Jose purchased enough electric buses to completely convert its airport fleet months ago, while VTA has completed one procurement and will be embarking on more soon,” said VTA chairman and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We’re taking action well ahead of the talk.”

*No fossil fuel, but of course electricity has to be paid for.
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Re: Battery-electric bus discussion

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:56 pm

Via GCC:
BYD awarded electric bus contract by WESTCOAST Sightseeing in Vancouver, Canada
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/10/20181010-byd.html

BYD Canada has been awarded an order for battery-electric buses by WESTCOAST Sightseeing, the first tour company in Canada to order clean energy buses, and the first to commit to having a 100% clean-energy fleet by 2023.

The largest private bus operator in Vancouver, Canada, WESTCOAST Sightseeing has agreed to work exclusively with BYD on converting its entire fleet of 90 buses, which will include open top buses, double decks and singles and others. WESTCOAST Sightseeing will also work with city to develop charging infrastructure that will not only benefit WESTCOAST but many other companies that want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and climate impact. . . .
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