MAX BRT

Member
  • Content count

    2,156
  • Joined

  • Last visited

1 Follower

About MAX BRT

  • Birthday 12/01/1972

Contact Methods

  • ICQ 0

Profile Information

  • Gender Male
  • Location Michigan
  1. Nice find! Looks like Gillig has quietly gotten into the electric bus business, with the help of a BAE drivetrain.
  2. Looks like a Gtrans bus (one of those refurbished into all electric by CCW) found its way up to Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass, Oregon for demo-ing. http://ijpr.org/post/rogue-valley-takes-electric-bus-spin#stream/0
  3. New article in Seattle Weekly puts this week's big KC Metro battery electric bus buy announcement in perspective: http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/king-county-metro-buys-nations-largest-fleet-of-battery-powered-buses/ In the article, King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, chair of the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, points out the public health benefits, quality of life benefits and the cost benefits of plug-in battery electric traction vs. hybrid bus. He also points out that the battery buses are lighter and don't tear up the streets so much. I think that is only true of fast-charge battery electric buses, because they have much smaller and lighter batteries. Its particularly true of the Proterra fast-charge bus, because Proterra uses a lighter composite body: https://www.proterra.com/technology/bus-body/ "That means that the purchase “is bigger than just King County,” says Dembowski. As one of the top-ten transit agencies in the country, “People look to us. What is King County Metro doing?… It’s pretty exciting actually. It is a big deal.”
  4. New article in Seattle Weekly puts this week's big KC Metro battery electric bus buy announcement in perspective: http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/king-county-metro-buys-nations-largest-fleet-of-battery-powered-buses/ In the article, King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, chair of the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, points out the public health benefits, quality of life benefits and the cost benefits. He also points out that the battery buses are lighter and don't tear up the streets so much. I think that is only true of fast-charge battery electric buses, because they have much smaller and lighter batteries. Its particularly true of the Proterra fast-charge bus, because Proterra uses a composite body: https://www.proterra.com/technology/bus-body/ "That means that the purchase “is bigger than just King County,” says Dembowski. As one of the top-ten transit agencies in the country, “People look to us. What is King County Metro doing?… It’s pretty exciting actually. It is a big deal.”
  5. Pretty convincing argument you are making!
  6. LA Metro public document says that they put 5 BYD battery electric buses into service in downtown LA in June 2015. The buses had limited range and poor hill-climbing ability. So LA Metro stopped using them in April 2106. The good news is that BYD offered to buy the buses back. More info at the source. Source:https://media.metro.net/board/Items/2016/06_june/20160622otheratvcitem6.pdf Regarding hill climbing, not all electric buses have that problem. Proterra is a competing electric bus maker here in the US. This article says they were the only electric bus that had no trouble with a long hill in testing in Bellingham, WA. The Proterra bus also hit 70 mph on Interstate 5. No wonder KC Metro is going to buy up to 73 Proterras. http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article31832229.html
  7. Requires a hell of a charger!
  8. Don't miss the photos using the source link!
  9. Electric DASH Buses To Begin Service In DTLA Next Week By Joe Linton Jan 12, 2017 Starting next week, LADOT will be running electrified bus service on LADOT DASH Route A, which extends from the Arts District to Central City West primarily via First, Figueroa and Flower Streets. Initially one electric bus will be in circulation. The fleet will gradually increase to four by mid-2017. The four new 35-foot electric buses were purchased by LADOT under a $2.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission, administered by CALSTART. The buses are manufactured by BYD in Lancaster in northern L.A. County. Source: http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/01/12/electric-dash-buses-to-begin-service-in-dtla-next-week/comment-page-1/
  10. For sure and it sounds like they need artics. 55% of their fleet is articulated buses. Their (KC Metro) press release (here: http://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2017/January/10-battery-buses.aspx) makes it sound like they don't know that New Flyer and BYD already have electric 60 footers. But they must know that already. Probably just waiting for Altoona testing to finish?
  11. Great video on Proterra buses in Seattle: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/battery-powered-buses-signal-new-day-for-metro/483046094 KC Metro is getting at least 20 more and up to 73 more by the end of 2020
  12. New Flyer has, or will have, a battery artic available. LA Metro will get the first ones. https://www.newflyer.com/rss/770-new-flyer-60-foot-electric-bus-will-be-the-industry-first-to-test-at-altoona
  13. After 6 Year Battle, C-Tran's Bus Rapid Transit System Ready To Launch (Article by Phoebe Flanigan) http://www.opb.org/news/article/vancouver-clark-county-washington-ctrain-the-vine-bus-rapid-transit/
  14. That ‘new bus’ smell: FAX service reduces wait times to and from Fresno State http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article125510249.html Its the start of FAX15, "a new bus service with more buses, greater frequency and shorter waiting times for passengers. The city’s transportation department bought 20 new buses for the service, which will roll on portions of Shaw and Cedar avenues to and from the university every 15 minutes. . . The increased service began at 6 a.m. Monday, and will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays."
  15. That will be an historic announcement! The biggest order yet in this country, by far!!