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  1. Proterra has redesigned their website since I was there last. Lots of marketing in blog post format. Good info! This one about the composite bus bodies caught my eye. They are built in Rhode Island and at a wind turbine plant in Newton, Iowa. As Electric Buses Scale, Composite Bus Production Adds To American Manufacturing Jobs May 2, 2019 https://www.proterra.com/as-electric-buses-scale-composite-bus-production-adds-to-american-manufacturing-jobs/
  2. I always have a soft spot for Gillig shorties, or any 35 foot or 29 foot bus. Rare buses all around! Agree with you about Xcelsiors. I admire those buses.
  3. Electric Buses in America Lessons from Cities Pioneering Clean Transportation A report created by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group Written by Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Morgan Folger, Environment America Research & Policy Center and James Horrox, Frontier Group Download the report here: https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/electric-buses-america
  4. Electric Buses in America Lessons from Cities Pioneering Clean Transportation A report created by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group Written by Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Morgan Folger, Environment America Research & Policy Center and James Horrox, Frontier Group Download the report here: https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/electric-buses-america The report features 6 case studies of electric bus pilots: 4 successful, 1 fail and 1 mixed.
  5. Electric Buses in America Lessons from Cities Pioneering Clean Transportation A report created by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group Written by Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Morgan Folger, Environment America Research & Policy Center and James Horrox, Frontier Group download the report here: https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/electric-buses-america The report features 6 case studies of electric bus pilots: 4 successful, 1 fail and 1 mixed.
  6. 594 kWh, that is a huge battery!
  7. The Nissan Leaf EV allows coasting, but you have to switch it manually into neutral to do that. I think it is designed that way, coasting IS an option but some OEMs engineer things to make it easier than others do. I suspect you can coast in the BMW i3 too, but you have to know how to switch to that mode. Should be the same with buses. The bus driver's thinking that the electric bus does not require a change in driving style is curious. Everything I know about EVs is that there is a lot to learn to maximize smoothness and the efficiency potential of the regenerative braking. Other TA's and drivers have said that. For example, knowing how to coast and learn how to use the brakes as smoothly as possible. Regen braking (friction brakes are also part of the braking experience) has a different feel and its easy to waste a lot of battery power and drive less smoothly than possible. As you point out, the bite of the regen braking is programmable and can be made stronger or weaker.
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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
  9. 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/
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. I didn't expect the rear window to be so small.
  13. 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/
  14. “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
  15. 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/
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