New Flyer unveils Xcelsior all-electric bus at NPTA in Texas

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’.”

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Berlin to test wireless electric bus charging on complete line in 2015

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 »

France deploying test fleet of 50 fuel-cell light commercial vehicles

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 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 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 »