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  1. Article from the Boston Globe about the end of trolley-bus service in Cambridge: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/03/09/metro/overhead-electric-buses-have-been-gliding-down-streets-cambridge-nearly-90-years-this-weekend-theyll-take-their-last-trips/
  2. 35 foot Proterra's in Tallahassee Florida are pictured here: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/causes/2021/01/04/green-fleet-growing-wheels-electric-bus-dont-pollute/4099248001/
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    Van Hool

    Van Hool Ships First Proterra-Powered Electric Coach To The U.S. https://insideevs.com/news/461586/van-hool-ships-first-electric-coach-us/
  4. New Proterra ZX5 in Jackson Hole Wyoming! Looks like it's the first ZX5 ever delivered. Huge batteries = huge range https://insideevs.com/news/454411/start-bus-wyomings-first-electric-buses/
  5. "Since January, Capital Metro has been running its first two 40-foot electric Proterra buses on a limited basis along routes that depart from the North Ops facility. After a combined 6,700 miles in service so far, the buses are showing projected ranges of 191-196 miles on a full charge compared to the expected maximum range of about 150 miles." Source: https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2020/08/capital-metro-electric-buses-running-longer-than-predicted-cutting-emissions/
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    BYD "E-Bus"

    This is generic and won't be news to you Martin, but range loss when it is below freezing could be as much as 40%--IF there is no auxiliary internal combustion heater. Here is an example: https://insideevs.com/news/390589/study-cold-weather-effects-electric-bus-range/
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    BYD "E-Bus"

    As you know, the range in winter will be significantly lower than in the other 3 seasons.
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    BYD "E-Bus"

    BYD seems to over-promise and under-deliver.
  9. Great article on the push in Massachusetts to electrify the MBTA bus fleet. State push to promote electric buses faces obstacles https://www.salemnews.com/news/state_news/state-push-to-promote-electric-buses-faces-obstacles/article_21ebdb0b-f402-5de1-9fca-593baf8faf3a.html
  10. PLATTSBURGH, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2020 -- Leading North American transit bus manufacturer Nova Bus starts the year with the win of a New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract. The awarded contract for Nova Bus is for 165 - 40 ft hybrid buses (with BAE propulsion system) with options for 126 hybrid buses and 209 diesel buses for a potential total amount of up to 500 buses. Nova Bus’s superior delivery schedule and greater New York State Content for the hybrid buses are qualities recognized by the Nova Bus’s customers, and certainly contributed to the decision of the MTA. The first pilots will be delivered in May 2020 and the rest of the deliveries will begin in December 2020 and to be completed in 2021. Source: Nova Bus press release here: http://novabus.com/nova-bus-kicks-off-2020-biggest-us-contract-history/
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    BYD "E-Bus"

    What you are saying about monitoring of the bus rings true. I know that there is a trend in commercial fleets to have Telematics active on the bus, sending all kinds of info about the vehicle to the driver and to management. Management is keen to use this kind of thing to inspire desirable driving behavior on the part of drivers. Its probably especially important for an electric bus like BYD, because range is limited and efficiency becomes more important. As an off-topic aside, I hope that this kind of monitoring will reduce rough driving. I know I've noticed as a bus passenger that certain driver's accelerate and brake abruptly and it makes for an unpleasant ride for the passenger.
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    BYD "E-Bus"

    Update on BYD buses performance in Indianapolis (Red Line articulated electric buses) (quote) “The total acquisition for the 31 buses was approximately $40 million,” said Evans. “A portion of that are federal dollars as well as our local commitment as well. We have not paid BYD for those buses. We have had them in our possession for over a year. They have requested payment but we have reminded them that they signed a contract with IndyGo to produce a bus that could go 275 miles. That bus is not doing that at this time.” On their best days last fall, when Red Line service was free and the weather was warm, the BYD buses averaged 200-250 miles between charges, far short of the 275-mile average promise and likely above what the buses are getting now that wintertime temperatures in Indianapolis often dip below freezing. (unquote) Source: https://fox59.com/2020/02/13/indygo-admits-stumbling-start-to-red-line-launch/ Perhaps of the most interest, the article seems to say that federal funds will not be available to buy BYD buses after 2022. I wasn't aware that provision had passed into law. 200-250 miles is a lot of variability. Driver skill plays a big part in that I am sure. You need to accelerate slowly and evenly and maximize regenerative braking to increase range.
  13. There are electric community shuttle buses available from several companies. Here are three that have been around a while: http://www.motivps.com/motivps/portfolio-items/shuttle-bus/ http://www.phoenixmotorcars.com/products/ https://lightningsystems.com/electric-commercial-vehicles/
  14. Not sure if this has been posted in the STM thread before, but I don't want anyone to miss it. Anyhow, here's an electric STM bus drifting on the test track https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/anyhow-heres-an-electric-stm-bus-drifting-on-the-test-track
  15. Watch Montreal Transit drift its electric bus on a frozen lake Don't miss seeing an XE40 sliding around like a hockey player--at the link below! https://mobilesyrup.com/2020/02/04/montreal-transit-drift-electric-bus-frozen-lake/
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