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New electric buses & charging station! The new station has 9 chargers, 20 dispensers, and supports a fleet of 35–40 electric buses. The first link also has Oahu Transportation Services Inc. CEO saying the fleet is comprised of 518 buses and 207 Handi-Vans. 17 of the buses are electric vehicles.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaS0J8Kg5SL/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaTN3-5IHTT/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaTaFPjFMgb/

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15 hours ago, eli said:

New electric buses & charging station! The new station has 9 chargers, 20 dispensers, and supports a fleet of 35–40 electric buses. The first link also has Oahu Transportation Services Inc. CEO saying the fleet is comprised of 518 buses and 207 Handi-Vans. 17 of the buses are electric vehicles.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaS0J8Kg5SL/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaTN3-5IHTT/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaTaFPjFMgb/

Aw heck yea

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On 2/22/2022 at 11:31 PM, eli said:

New electric buses & charging station! The new station has 9 chargers, 20 dispensers, and supports a fleet of 35–40 electric buses. The first link also has Oahu Transportation Services Inc. CEO saying the fleet is comprised of 518 buses and 207 Handi-Vans. 17 of the buses are electric vehicles.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaS0J8Kg5SL/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaTN3-5IHTT/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaTaFPjFMgb/

This should be good for the future

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Been seeing them around a lot more! Glad the charging station is working well and enabling them to run their electric fleet at capacity (or closer to it, at least!)

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23 hours ago, Only1Moore said:

Yes. The remaining 300s are at Pearl City, with the decals blacked out.

Also retired:101 and 919.

Some busses will go on hele-on

and some are on sale for scrap, same with 101 and 919

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Today’s new request for proposals from the state procurement office:

Furnish and deliver sixty (60) foot articulated clean diesel buses for a three (3) year period.

Estimated numbers are 9 the first year and 13 each in the second and third years for a total of 35. Undoubtedly these vehicles would replace the remaining 2002-2003 New Flyers (102-131).

It also means Hawaii may not be getting any articulated battery electric buses until it’s time to replace the 140s and 150s. That could happen in the next five years while funds from the infrastructure law are  still available. 

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to order one or two electric articulateds and chargers right now, just to try them out. Does anyone think the price of diesel fuel will be going down any time soon?

In the meantime, look for the government to provide funds to replace the remaining 40-foot 800s, the 500s and the New Flyer 900s with electric vehicles.

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Senator Brian Schatz announced Friday (3/11) that he has secured $10 million in funding to “help purchase electric buses and charging infrastructure to provide battery electric bus service along the Route 40 corridor.”

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On 3/11/2022 at 11:58 PM, Williamv said:

Senator Brian Schatz announced Friday (3/11) that he has secured $10 million in funding to “help purchase electric buses and charging infrastructure to provide battery electric bus service along the Route 40 corridor.”

They want this 24 hour route to run with continuous bus service with rapid charging at the end points. Hoping that they stick to their guns with Gillig as the other electric only manufacturers (BYD, Proterra) have had mixed results.

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6 hours ago, Jared Kam said:

They want this 24 hour route to run with continuous bus service with rapid charging at the end points. Hoping that they stick to their guns with Gillig as the other electric only manufacturers (BYD, Proterra) have had mixed results.

They will stick with Gillig, BYD im pretty sure wont be used for Hawaii.

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On 3/9/2022 at 10:25 PM, Williamv said:

Today’s new request for proposals from the state procurement office:

Furnish and deliver sixty (60) foot articulated clean diesel buses for a three (3) year period.

Estimated numbers are 9 the first year and 13 each in the second and third years for a total of 35. Undoubtedly these vehicles would replace the remaining 2002-2003 New Flyers (102-131).

It also means Hawaii may not be getting any articulated battery electric buses until it’s time to replace the 140s and 150s. That could happen in the next five years while funds from the infrastructure law are  still available. 

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to order one or two electric articulateds and chargers right now, just to try them out. Does anyone think the price of diesel fuel will be going down any time soon?

In the meantime, look for the government to provide funds to replace the remaining 40-foot 800s, the 500s and the New Flyer 900s with electric vehicles.

I don’t think that we will be getting articulated BEBs anytime soon. I think the range has yet to be seen and trialed, especially on longer routes. I’m sure we could always get a demo from NFI but I think that it would only be NFI for that. Novabus doesn’t me buy America standards and BYD had mixed results on the 40’ trials; I doubt OTS would reconsider BYD. 

14 hours ago, Jared Kam said:

They want this 24 hour route to run with continuous bus service with rapid charging at the end points. Hoping that they stick to their guns with Gillig as the other electric only manufacturers (BYD, Proterra) have had mixed results.

OTS could always go look at NFI’s XE40s. I’m not sure why we didn’t trial them the first round and I’m sure the two buses could share rapid charge infrastructure

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2 hours ago, Pink_91119 said:

Got a Photo! Friend of a Friend! 

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Questions:

How many?

Purchase or infrastructure grant?

Why different paint scheme from other electrics?

Kalihi or Pearl City?

Charging equipment?

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39 minutes ago, Williamv said:

Questions:

How many?

Purchase or infrastructure grant?

Why different paint scheme from other electrics?

Kalihi or Pearl City?

Charging equipment?

Im guessing 6001-6012

 

 

I think its a diesel electric 

 

Kalihi

 

The scheme is for thebus lively for the diesel busses 

 

Purchase

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1 hour ago, Williamv said:

Questions:

How many?

Purchase or infrastructure grant?

Why different paint scheme from other electrics?

Kalihi or Pearl City?

Charging equipment?

Great questions that I dont have the answer to 😅

 

Because its numbered 6012, I would assume that its an electric. Since all the chargers are at Kalihi, safe to assume it would be based at Kalihi too. Im not sure if it uses different chargers or not but I guess we’ll see. Id also guess that the current livery just looks better on the artics but not sure. 

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23 hours ago, PrimeTio said:

6012 has returned back to where it was before due to maintenance issues, 6013 is now on route to San Diego

 

 

Does anyone know for sure whether these are electric buses? Or could they be diesel buses? We assumed fleet numbers beginning with 29, 35, 40 and 60 were reserved for electrics. But I can’t find any records of Honolulu ordering 60-foot electric buses. It would be unfortunate and confusing if all new buses, regardless of propulsion system, were grouped together in the same numbering. Either way, we would all like to know what we are getting. 

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