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      We are saddened by the loss of Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine (Jubal) Fraser who was attacked while on the job and unfortunately passed away.
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  1. Regarding the cost of batteries, that is one of the reasons for the Proterra CEO's optimistic prediction. The price has already come down in a big way! There seems to be lots of evidence of this, here is just one recent source: http://insideevs.com/battery-prices-expected-to-be-under-100-per-kwh-by-2020-less-than-80-per-kwh-shortly-after/
  2. Foothill Transit was the first, but I don't think they were deployed until 2010. I don't expect any need for a major overhaul, although the experts on trolley electric buses might know more about what an electric vehicle needs. I expect the bus to outlast the original batteries, which I believe were only expected to last 6 or 7 years.
  3. I don't know, I'm not betting against electric buses. Too much going for them, especially in terms of eliminating air pollution at the bus. And the up front cost has already fallen massively and is projected to continue to fall. Electric vehicles are a natural fit for urban stop-and-go travel. They use so much less energy thanks to the lack of idling and the regenerative braking. Cleaner, quieter, smoother, reduced maintenance cost, the whole deal.
  4. Proterra CEO predicts One third of new transit buses will be electric in 2020, all will be by 2030 Source: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1108839_one-third-of-new-transit-buses-will-be-electric-in-2020-all-by-2030-proterra-ceo
  5. Easy and (Now) Affordable – Why You Should Take the Bus on Oahu https://www.hawaii-aloha.com/blog/2017/02/17/easy-and-now-affordable-why-you-should-take-the-bus-on-oahu/
  6. Yes, I have seen other recent reports of factory delays at BYD. One report was that they didn't have enough paint booth space for the buses they are producing. I know some growing pains are to be expected but BYD seems to have a history of not meeting delivery timelines. On the positive side, Long Beach does have at least one of their buses on the street now: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/02/11/byd-k9-electric-bus-takes-maiden-trip-long-beach-california/
  7. Sounds like Nova has purchased a DC fast-charger for the ebuses at their Plattsburgh facility. https://roboticsandautomationnews.com/2017/02/10/abb-and-nova-bus-announce-collaboration-on-electric-transportation/11332/
  8. According to an NFI investor presentation available on their website: https://www.newflyer.com/investor-relations/test NFI had 45% of 2015 sales in Heavy Duty transit buses Gillig had 33% Nova 19% I believe this data is referring to US and Canada combined. And again, its from 2015.
  9. Looks like Grande West wants to change that. I wonder how they will do? Might be fun to compare performance data from Altoona. Seems like Grande West might have newer engineering. MiDi too. Offering CNG and electric will be important.
  10. As of June 2016, there were plans to purchase 5 BYD battery bus artics. See under "Next Steps" on page 3 of this document: https://media.metro.net/board/Items/2016/06_june/20160622otheratvcitem6.pdf
  11. Great, sounds like a service with fewer stops?
  12. Hi TransitFocus, Are you affiliated with Grande West? What are the details about the Grande West lean manufacturing model? And where will the US facility be?
  13. Too bad the BYD mall buses weren't ready yet. :-(
  14. One question that remains for this business: Are they making enough money? Because it is possible to sell a lot of buses but sell them too cheaply to make money on them. Especially if they run into warranty claims down the line.
  15. Yes, we've seen that they have already ordered NFI XE60 and they have plans to run 60 foot BYD electric buses on the orange line too.