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  1. Were there ever any Flxible Metros out there whose Cummins L10 engines were replaced during the fleet's midlife with the Cummins ISC? I know this would've applied to the Omaha Metro Area Transit units (9301-9308, 9401-9426). ~Ben
  2. A “mini-hybrid” thermal conversion kit (with an advanced “electric” fan cooling system that replaces the hydraulically driven fan) is saving money for bus fleets by giving them better economy, preventing them from overheating and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And they run quieter, too. In Michigan, bus fleets in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Bay City and Saginaw all have them installed. It's a way that municipalities, hard-up for cash to replace buses, are choosing to improve the quality and safety of their existing fleets. The kit is from Engineered Machined Products. And, with the success of the mini-hybrid system in Michigan's test communities, the company is looking to have them installed in buses in Detroit and on Michigan transit buses in a full-scale refurbishment program. The result, the company says, would be a savings of almost $100 million, a 7 percent improvement in fuel economy and reduced carbon footprint. The idea is to use available money to help improve transit rather than putting all resources into rail and new hybrid buses. "We can get you the same result with this mini-hybrid retrofit at substantially less cost," EMP says. Craig Allen, director of maintenance at Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing, confirmed that EMP's mini-hybrid engine is performing as well as advertised. "The fuel saving experienced has been between 5 and 20 percent depending on the engine configuration," Allen says. "The installation of the EMP system reduces engine compartment heat, exterior cooling fan noise and a reduction in weight. We were able to remove over 500 pounds out of our engine compartments through the removal of hydraulic system tanks, plumbing and pump." Allen also praised the mini-hybrid thermal system for reducing noise pollution. "When operating in the urban environment, ambient exterior noise is something we have always been aware of," he says. "We do everything we can to reduce overall bus noise and when you combine the EMP system with our hybrid buses, the levels are significantly reduced even further." http://up.secondwave...ation42512.aspx -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anyone know what TA’s are using these thermal conversion kits? They sound like a great thing that everyone should be installing.
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