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    Saskatoon Updates

    Saskatoon Transit proposes electric bus pilot project Converting to electric fleet promoted as cost-saving measure and could start as soon as 2022 Phil Tank, Saskatoon StarPhoenix Updated: September 6, 2019 https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/saskatoon-transit-proposes-electric-bus-pilot-project
  2. Red Line is now operating in Indy! Buses are free during the month of September. On the ground video footage is here: https://fox59.com/2019/09/03/red-line-celebration-marks-launch-week-of-electric-bus-line/ Standing-room-only on Red Line’s opening day https://cbs4indy.com/2019/09/02/standing-room-only-on-red-lines-opening-day/
  3. Marin Transit says their 2 electric buses (I believe they are BYD buses) are performing well: (quote) In an update to the Marin Transit Board of Directors in July, Whelan said the electric buses were performing better than expected and were able to travel between 80 to 100 miles using less than half of the battery power.(unquote) Source: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/26/golden-gate-transit-rolls-out-68m-hybrid-bus-fleet/ About Marin Transit's electric buses: https://marintransit.org/projects/two-battery-electric-buses
  4. An informative article on Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit came out yesterday. https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/26/golden-gate-transit-rolls-out-68m-hybrid-bus-fleet/ I was especially interested in the discussion of two electric buses owned by Marin Transit. (quote) In an update to the Marin Transit Board of Directors in July, Whelan said the electric buses were performing better than expected and were able to travel between 80 to 100 miles using less than half of the battery power. (unquote)
  5. I didn't expect the rear window to be so small.
  6. A Car-Centric City Makes a Bid for a Better Bus System New article on transit in Indy from CITYLAB https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/08/indianapolis-electric-bus-rapid-transit-system-routes-brt/596470/
  7. “Riding the buses in Los Angeles, a Beginner’s guide” https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2019-08-08/riding-the-buses-of-los-angeles-a-users-guide
  8. Good question. I’m not sure what size battery it has. The New Flyer website shows a ‘maximum’ range of 135 miles for their 60 foot electric Xcelsior with the largest battery. I’m guessing these orange line buses are equipped with a smaller battery because these are capable of being re-charged on the route for 24/7 operation. Source: https://www.metro.net/news/simple_pr/metro-takes-delivery-first-60-foot-zero-emission-e/
  9. I recall that when AC Transit announced a big order with Gillig three or four years ago, they made a big deal of saying that they were buying buses that were made locally.
  10. One big reason may be that Gillig buses are made in the Bay Area.
  11. Looks like the MBTA and LA Metro had their New Flyer electric Artics delivered at approximately the same time. Here is an article on the MBTA XE60 for the Silver Line featuring dual electric motors—two powered axles! https://www.masstransitmag.com/bus/vehicles/hybrid-hydrogen-electric-vehicles/press-release/21091005/massachusetts-bay-transportation-authority-mbta-first-zeroemission-batteryelectric-buses-join-massachusetts-bay-transportation-authority
  12. A TTC document provides info on the performance of their Nova hybrids equipped with the BAE Systems hybrid drivetrain From a TTC.CA Document entitled: "Financial Update for the Period Ended May 4, 2019 and Major Projects Update" "Hybrid Buses:  As of May 24, 2019, we received 111 of 200 hybrid buses scheduled of 2019;  Hybrids are performing above the TTC reliability target of 20,000 MDBF (Mean Distance Between Failures); and  Fuel consumption has been confirmed to be 25% lower than the latest Clean Diesel buses, the last of which was received in 2018, resulting in approximately 24% lower greenhouse gas emissions"
  13. 10 San Jose (CA) airport buses--in a row. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Jose-Unveils-10-Zero-Emission-Electric-Buses-at-Airport-509469601.html
  14. The last RTS bus in circulation makes its final run https://www.amny.com/transit/rts-bus-mta-1.30744657
  15. I don't have any direct experience, so take what I say with that in mind. But I read everything I can find and I can say that both Proterra and New Flyer make electric buses that have avoided reports of promises broken. Proterra is especially interesting, since their bus is built from the ground up to be electric (unlike the New Flyer Xcelsior platform) and uses a composite bus body in order to be lighter and perhaps even more durable. I also like that Proterra packages the traction batteries below the floor of the bus, delivering a low center of gravity for vehicle stability. They also have the longest history and the most miles racked up here in North America. I believe that NY MTA, Toronto TTC and others will soon be testing buses from all three of these manufacturers, so I'll be watching for the results of those tests over time.
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