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Re: Battery-electric bus discussion

Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:19 pm

Via GCC:
California ARB awards $9.5M to Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower electric buses and charging infrastructure
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/12 ... power.html

GreenPower Motor Company Inc. announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $9.5 million to the City of Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower EV350 40-foot zero-emission all-electric transit buses on all nine Porterville Transit routes, and to install the charging infrastructure including 11 charging stations.

The EV350 40-ft bus has a 320 kWh LiFePO4 battery pack providing some 185 miles of range (300 km); the two 85 kW drive motors are from Siemens. . . .

The grant award is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing clean-air benefits to California neighborhoods, with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities. California Climate Investments programs are funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions. . . .

While I'm all for this, I wonder how long it will be before any AFV bus can get by on a purely commercial basis, without relying on government grants. Seems we still have a long way to go.
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Re: Battery-electric bus discussion

Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:45 pm

Via GCC:
King County Metro Transit to purchase 120 battery-electric buses by 2020, 73 from Proterra
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/01/metro.html

. . . Eight of the buses are slated to go into service this year; 12 more in 2019. Up to eight of the new 40-foot battery buses will likely operate on Metro Routes 226 and 241 in Bellevue. As part of a pilot project last year, Metro began running three all-electric buses on these routes, which serve some of the county’s densest job centers, including the Microsoft campus and downtown Bellevue.

The 40-foot Catalyst buses have an estimated range of about 25 miles, with a quick charging time of just 10 minutes. Maintenance costs of all-electric buses are expected to decline versus hybrid-diesels, primarily because they have fewer moving parts.

The 73 battery-electric buses from Proterra will cost up to $55 million, starting with 20 buses totaling $15.12 million. Charging stations to support the initial orders of those buses will range from $5.5 million to $6.6 million.

Federal funding often helps pay for Metro’s new bus purchases. Last year, King County Metro received a $3.3-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Low-or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program to help fund some new battery buses and charging stations for three buses that are in operations on the eastside of King County.

Metro will also acquire up to nine long-range electric buses from different manufacturers to test the battery technology with a range of about 140 miles. With this approximately $7-million acquisition, Metro is challenging the industry to produce buses that can travel farther. Metro also is calling on the industry to develop 60-foot long buses, better able to replace the articulated buses that make up 55 percent of its fleet. . . .
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].

The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'.

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