Posts Tagged: Electric Buses

Scania starts trials of battery-electric buses

Scania plans to make its first field tests of battery-electric buses in the northern Swedish city of Östersund. Three Scania Citywide LF buses will begin operations at the end of 2017, and an additional three buses will be added in early 2019. The e-buses will be operated by Norwegian firm Nettbuss. Scania presently offers a… Read more »

Renault acquires commercial EV specialist PVI

Groupe Renault has acquired the French company Power Vehicle Innovation (PVI), which specializes in the conversion of commercial vehicles to electricity or natural gas. PVI worked with Renault on the development of the upcoming Renault Master Z.E. This large electric van, which was unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in January and is due to… Read more »

AKASOL says its battery modules ace long-term endurance tests

German battery builder AKASOL subjected the latest generation of its battery modules, AKAMODULE 46Ah and 53Ah, to an eight-month endurance test featuring a range of brutally extreme conditions. The test showed service life to even longer than expected. At 50 to 55 degrees, the battery components worked for 1.5 years in full cycles at a… Read more »

Kokam introduces XPAND battery pack for electric buses and commercial vehicles

Battery-maker Kokam’s new XPAND battery pack is aimed at heavy vehicles such as electric buses, trams, trucks and other commercial and industrial EVs. The XPAND battery pack will be offered in two versions: the 7.1 kWh XMP71P and the 11.4 kWh XMP114E. Both are scalable to support EV applications from 7.1 kWh to 1.5 MWh… Read more »

St Petersburg, Florida to deploy two BYD electric buses

Charged’s hometown of St Petersburg has become the second city in Florida to begin electrifying its bus fleet (Tallahassee’s StarMetro operates five Proterra e-buses). After two years of deliberation, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), which serves the St Pete/Clearwater metro area, has decided to buy two BYD electric buses. The e-buses will serve Beach Drive,… Read more »

$10 million in funding for low-emission school buses available from California ARB

A new program funded by proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program aims to encourage the transition of California’s school bus fleet to zero-emission and low-emission buses. The Rural School Bus Pilot Project offers funding for the purchase of new fuel cell and battery-electric school buses and associated charging equipment. Plug-in hybrid buses, or new buses that… Read more »

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 »