Parker Hannifin Sees Increased Growth in RunWise HD Hydraulic Hybrid
Parker Hannifin is seeing growing acceptance in the market for its RunWise heavy-duty hydraulic series hybrid system, currently only applied in Autocar refuse trucks. After the introduction of pilot units in 2010, Parker is now close to the 100-unit mark with the RunWise system, with 84 of those in the North American market, and another […]
Volvo Buses officially launches the all-new plug-in Electric Hybrid bus
Volvo Buses will officially launch the new plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September. The plug-in hybrid drive reduces diesel fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%. The Volvo Electric Hybrid Driveline […]
Renault Trucks’ Optifuel Lab 2 lab vehicle integrates technologies for more efficient big rigs
Renault Trucks’ heavy-duty Optifuel Lab 2 laboratory vehicle brings together various technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption in heavy-duty trucks and to prepare the way for future production models. Renault Trucks will display a scale model of Optifuel Lab 2 at the upcoming IAA. The vehicle is currently on the road to calculate the fuel […]
Opbrid Trakbaar ultra-high-power automatic charging station for heavy-duty trucks
Spain-based Opbrid, the provider of the overhead pantograph-based ultra-fast charging Opbrid B?sbaar V3 for buses, is introducing the Opbrid Tr?kbaar for trucks at IAA 2014. The system for the automatic fast charging of heavy-duty electric trucks is 100% compatible with the standards-based B?sbaar. The Opbrid Tr?kbaar and B?sbaar V3 are designed for ultra high power […]
Boulder Electric Vehicle Closes Its Doors in LA, Colorado
Boulder Electric Vehicle, which we have discussed before, has closed its doors in both the Los Angeles area and is facility in Lafayette, Colorado. The company built medium-duty electric trucks mostly in a step-in and box-style format for commercial use. The company was successful in getting some test vehicles into fleets as well as in […]
New Flyer Industries unveiled the addition of a zero-emission, battery-electric propulsion system for its lineup of Xcelsior transit bus models at the American Public Transit Association Expo in Houston, Texas.
The New Flyer battery-electric bus is the latest evolution of the highly successful Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus platform. “We’re very excited about the addition of the battery-electric propulsion XE40 to our proven bus portfolio,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric trolley and fuel cell, our customers now have a commercially available and cost effective all-electric propulsion option that can integrate seamlessly with their existing transit fleet. We believe electrification of transit buses was not a matter of ‘if’, but rather ‘when’.”
In 2015, Berlin transport operator BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) will begin testing of a complete downtown line with Solaris electric buses equipped with on-board power supply equipment from Vossloh Kiepe and the PRIMOVE inductive charging system from Bombardier. A similar bus went into service in the city of Braunschweig in April of this year.
The BVG will acquire a total of four 12-meter buses for electric operation on the 6.1-kilometer (3.8-mile) line between Zoologischer Garten (Hertzallee) and Station Suedkreuz Station. The Technical University of Berlin is supporting the project. Read more »
Under the project HyWay, France will deploy 50 fuel cell light commercial vehicles around 2 hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble. The project is jointly supported by the government (DREALs and ADEME) and the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes .
The 18-month project will use 50 Kangoo ZEs fitted with fuel cells. Seven industrial partners, alongside the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), are conducting this demonstration project: Air Liquide; the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR); Gas Electricité de Grenoble (GEG); McPhy; PUS (Cofely Services); STEF; and Symbio FCELL. Read more »
Parker Hannifin is seeing growing acceptance in the market for its RunWise heavy-duty hydraulic series hybrid system, currently only applied in Autocar refuse trucks. After the introduction of pilot units in 2010, Parker is now close to the 100-unit mark with the RunWise system, with 84 of those in the North American market, and another 70 being built or on order, said Mark McGrew, RunWise sales manager. “Things are continuing to press forward in a very good way,” he added. “Within the last 6-12 months, we’ve seen tremendous traction.”
In addition to seeking more heavy-duty applications for the RunWise hybrid system—such as transit—McGrew said that the company is working on a new generation of the product that should launch in 2016 for Class 4-6 delivery trucks—e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc. Further, Parker Hannifin has paired a RunWise transmission with a CNG engine in the series hybrid powertrain as a one-off to test the waters for such a combination, McGrew said. Read more »