Posts Tagged: Electric Buses

Hydrogen-powered double-decker buses hit the streets in Scotland

The Scottish city of Aberdeen has launched a fleet of 15 hydrogen-powered double-decker buses. Scotland’s third-largest city, Aberdeen is known as the Granite City or the Silver City, because of its many buildings made of locally-quarried granite. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, it has also been known as the offshore… Read more »

Bluebus electric minibus, with solid-state LMP batteries, operating in France

The French city of Triel-sur-Seine has launched a trial of an electric shuttle service that uses a six-meter electric bus made by Bluebus, a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group. The minibuses, which will be delivered this summer, are part of an order for up to 800 e-buses from three manufacturers by Île-de-France Mobilités, an agency… Read more »

New report outlines cooperation between utilities and school districts to finance electric school buses

A new report from the United States Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG) outlines ways that utility companies and school districts can come together to deploy electric school buses across the country. Electric school buses are ready to roll—the technology is here, and protecting school children from noxious diesel fumes is a cause that draws a… Read more »

Harvard University deploys four electric buses

Harvard University recently purchased four Proterra electric buses, along with the necessary charging infrastructure. The new buses, which will replace four biodiesel-powered vehicles, represent about a third of Harvard’s fleet. Each 35-foot Proterra transit bus has a seating capacity of 29, and features a 450 kWh battery pack and an 800-volt system architecture. The shuttles… Read more »

Moscow manufacturer introduces electric bus powertrain

Moscow-based NPP ITELMA, a developer and manufacturer of vehicle electronics, has introduced a full powertrain system for electric buses. The system will make it possible to convert any modern bus to electric drive, the company said. The company says its system can reduce EV energy consumption by 25% and increase e-bus range by up to… Read more »

New report highlights recommendations from national transit experts for zero-emission buses

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has released a new report containing recommendations for the adoption of zero-emission transit vehicles. The new report, which was published by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is the culmination of discussions held by the CTE-led Advisory Panel, which included more than a dozen transit agency general managers,… Read more »

Octillion Power Systems to supply batteries for Lightning and ABC electric buses

Tier 1 battery supplier Octillion Power Systems will provide battery packs for electric motorcoaches and city transit buses offered by ABC Companies and Lightning eMotors. Lightning will provide its electric powertrains, including Octillion’s batteries, to convert popular models including Van Hool T2145e highline touring coaches and TD double-deck coaches. The electric motorcoaches are on sale… Read more »

Miami middle-school student inspires school board to electrify its school bus fleet

Electric school buses seem like a no-brainer at this point—although they cost two to three times more up front than diesel buses, at about $230,000 each, they save money in the long run, as fuel and maintenance costs are about 80 percent lower. They’re also prime candidates for future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications, which could generate… Read more »

Connecticut DOT orders up to 75 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses

Bus manufacturer New Flyer has won a contract for 12 Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric transit buses from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), with options to purchase up to 63 more over five years. The purchase was supported by Federal Transit Administration funds. CTDOT, which owns and operates nearly all public transportation services in Connecticut, representing… Read more »

Lightning eMotors wins $45-million powertrain order from ABC Companies

Commercial EV builder Lightning eMotors has received a $45-million order for its zero-emission powertrain systems from Minnesota-based motorcoach supplier ABC Companies. The order includes new vehicles manufactured by Lightning, as well as new Lightning-developed powertrains that will be upfitted by ABC into customers’ existing vehicles. In addition to Class 8 motorcoaches, the order includes Class… Read more »