Posts Tagged: Electric Buses

TM4 and Cummins partner to develop plug-in hybrid powertrain for e-buses

Hydro-Québec subsidiary TM4 has joined with motor-maker Cummins to develop a plug-in hybrid powertrain for Class 7/8 transit buses. TM4 equipped 5,000 buses in China with its electric powertrain last year. The new system consists of a genset (Cummins’ Euro 2019 B4.5 engine coupled with TM4’s LSG130 electric generator), a TM4 SUMO electric motor, a… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems to power 13 electric school buses

Motiv Power Systems, in partnership with school bus manufacturer Trans Tech, will build 13 zero-emission school buses for two school districts in the Sacramento region. The project is supported by a $7.5-million grant from the California Air Resources Board. The Trans Tech eSeries buses will be built on the Ford E450 chassis, and powered by… Read more »

Proterra testing autonomous electric buses in Reno

City buses are slowly but steadily going electric, and they could soon begin to go driverless as well. Electric bus maker Proterra, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Nevada Reno and the German Fraunhofer Institute, is testing autonomous buses on the streets of Reno. The first phase of the pilot project will focus… Read more »

60-foot articulated electric bus hits the streets of Southern California

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), which serves half a million residents of northern Los Angeles County, has taken delivery of a BYD 60-foot articulated electric bus. AVTA has ordered thirteen of the 60-foot e-buses, part of its campaign to fully electrify its fleet by 2018. BYD is building the buses at its factory in… Read more »

Maryland transit authority deploys 3 BYD e-buses

Howard County Transit, a division of the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland, has taken delivery of three 35-foot BYD K9S battery-electric buses – the first electric transit buses in the state, according to BYD. An inductive charging station will be installed on the Green Line in downtown Columbia to allow the buses to top… Read more »

Fleet of 8 Volvo electric buses to use ABB’s OppCharge infrastructure

Electronics giant ABB has won a contract to provide electric bus charging infrastructure for a fleet of Volvo 7900 12-meter electric buses that will serve Harrogate, a historic spa town in northern England. ABB will supply three HVC 300P charging stations and an electric substation. ABB says this project will be the first in the… Read more »

Microvast Power Systems raises $400 Million in new funding

Microvast Power Systems (MPS) has received $400 million in a funding round led by CITIC Securities. MPS is a vertically integrated battery system manufacturer. Its battery systems are currently powering over 15,000 electric and hybrid public transport vehicles in over 140 cities. MPS plans to launch a next-generation product line this year, and began construction… Read more »

GreenPower sells 10 electric buses to California city

Canada-based GreenPower Motor Company has signed a contract to supply 10 of its EV350 40-foot electric transit buses to the City of Porterville, California. The e-buses will be deployed on all 9 Porterville Transit routes. The $9-million order includes 11 charging systems to be installed at the city’s maintenance facility and transit center. The first… Read more »

Toshiba wireless charger completes year-long field testing with electric buses

Toshiba, in cooperation with Waseda University, has completed a year-long field test of electric buses equipped with its wireless rapid rechargeable battery system. In the test, a small and a medium-size bus, both customized to run on Toshiba’s SCiB batteries (the medium-size bus used a 52.9 kWh battery pack), provided regular service between All Nippon… Read more »

Is the new Aptis an electric bus or a tram?

Alstom and NTL have presented a new electric public transport vehicle with a unique design. The layout of the new Aptis is based on that of a tram, incorporating low-floor accessibility and 360° views. Two or three large double doors enable easy on-and-off passenger flows and smooth access for wheelchairs and strollers. Aptis has four… Read more »