Posts Tagged: Electric Buses

UL certifies WAVE’s 50 kW wireless charging system

Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) makes a wireless charging system that provides in-route charging for transit buses, using a pad embedded directly into the roadway (see the March/April 2016 issue of Charged). Now the company has earned a Field Evaluation Certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for a 50 kW system that it has deployed for… Read more »

Luxembourg deploys 150 kW ABB fast chargers for plug-in hybrid buses

ABB has installed two fast chargers at Luxembourg City’s central station, to support 5 Volvo plug-in hybrid buses. Each vehicle will be charged with 150 kW of power in three to six minutes, during the turnaround times at the end point of the bus route. The new fast chargers are connected to the cloud for… Read more »

Volvo Buses receives order for 90 electric buses from Belgium

Public transport operator the TEC Group, which serves the Belgian cities of Charleroi and Namur, has ordered 90 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses as well as 12 ABB charging stations. Delivery and installation will get underway this fall. TEC brought 11 Volvo 7900s into service in Namur in January. Once the new buses take to… Read more »

Blue Bird awarded $4.4 million to develop electric school bus

Blue Bird buses are familiar to every American who has kids, or who ever attended school. The Georgia-based manufacturer (Nasdaq: BLBD) has built over 550,000 buses since its formation in 1927, and approximately 180,000 of its classic yellow buses are in operation today. Now the company has won a grant of $4.4 million from the… Read more »

Microvast delivers record number of bus battery packs in 2016

Microvast, headquartered in  Stafford, Texas, with offices in China, the UK and Germany, is a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems for electric and hybrid transit buses. The company recently announced record annual sales for 2016 – over 7,500 units. As of the end of 2016, more than 15,000 Microvast battery-powered buses were operating in public… Read more »

Volvo sells 8 electric buses to Harrogate in the UK

The Harrogate Bus Company of the UK has placed an order for eight Volvo 7900 electric buses. The vehicles will operate in Harrogate, 90 km northeast of Manchester. When the vehicles enter service in 2018, the project will be the first in the UK to use opportunity charging via the common interface OppCharge. The charging stations can also be… Read more »

BYD is the front-runner to supply 50 electric buses in Argentina

Argentina’s Ministry of Environment plans to support the purchase of 50 electric buses as a pilot project in several cities throughout the country, and has recommended Chinese EV-builder BYD as the vendor. A bid evaluation committee chose BYD from a pool of five bidders on the strength of its 12-meter electric bus, which is already… Read more »

UC Irvine orders 20 BYD buses, converts fleet to all-electric

The University of California, Irvine has ordered 20 buses from BYD for $15 million. The e-buses will make the student-funded and -operated Anteater Express shuttle service 100% emission-free. The vehicles are being built at the company’s Lancaster, California plant. A survey of students last year found that, of an array of transportation options, the top… Read more »

New Flyer electric bus deliveries increased by 48% in 2016

New Flyer is one of North America’s largest bus builders, and zero-emission buses (ZEBs) are a growing part of its business. In 2016, the company delivered 213 “equivalent units” as zero-emission buses (one standard transit bus or motor coach equals one equivalent unit, one articulated bus equals two). This represents 8.3% of New Flyer’s total… Read more »

Seattle transit authority to order 73 Proterra buses, will acquire 120 electric buses by 2020

King County Metro Transit, which serves metro Seattle, has announced plans to acquire 120 battery-electric buses by 2020. Up to 73 of these will be ordered from Proterra, at a cost of up to $55 million. Eight of the buses are to go into service this year, and 12 more in 2019. In a pilot… Read more »