11/14/2017

 

 





  Proterra supplies Louisiana's first battery-electric bus fleet

Proterra announced that SporTran has deployed Louisiana’s first fleet of zero-emission, battery-electric buses in Shreveport.

Five Proterra 40-inch Catalyst E2 buses will begin serving Louisiana’s third-largest city this month. Shreveport is the first city in the state to purchase battery-electric buses.

Proterra’s 40-inch Catalyst E2 series gets 22 mpge and sports a lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced composite bus body to maximize vehicle life, while minimizing repairs and maintenance. The buses will utilize Combined Charge Standard plug-in DC Fast Chargers, enabling multiple types and brands of EV cars, trucks, and buses to share the same charging equipment.

Proterra announced that SporTran has deployed Louisiana’s first fleet of zero-emission, battery-electric buses in Shreveport.
SporTran estimates that the new Proterra Catalyst buses will save more than $2.2 million on maintenance and fuel over the lifetime of the five vehicles. Photo: Proterra

In 2016, SporTran won the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Grant, which funded the five electric buses, three depot chargers, and an on-route fast charger. By replacing its diesel buses, SporTran estimates that the new Proterra Catalyst buses will save more than $2.2 million on maintenance and fuel over the lifetime of the five vehicles.      READ MORE >

 

  Van Hool delivers 3 motorcoaches to D.C. transportation company

From Metro:

Chariots for Hire, a transportation service based in Washington, D.C., bolstered its motorcoach fleet this year with two Van Hool CX45 coaches and one 40-passenger CX35.

The addition of the three vehicles brings the company's motorcoach fleet to 17, and total fleet vehicles to 80.

Both 56-passenger CX45 are powered by Detroit 450 HP DD13 engines coupled to Allison B500 6-speed automatic transmissions.


Chariots for Hire, a transportation service based in Washington, D.C., bolstered its motorcoach fleet this year with two Van Hool CX45 coaches and one 40-passenger CX35.

They feature REI Elite Entertainment systems with six video monitors, 110 volt outlets, and rear passenger windows and Grande Luxe seating with leather trim.

The CX45s feature three-point seatbelts, backup camera, lane departure warnings, anti-lock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppresion Systems, automatic stability controls, daytime running lights, curbside lighting, and adaptive static aiming lights. One of Chariot for Hire's motorcoaches is ADA equipped with a Braun wheelchair lift.

Chariots for Hire serves customers interested in nightlife and tourism in Washington D.C. The company also provides corporate shuttles and airport transfers, as well as luxury charters. Chariots for Hire works with BestBus to provide scheduled service from the D.C. area to New York...    READ MORE >

 
 
 
 
 
  Struck-by-Bus Fatalities Are a Prime Target

From School Bus Fleet:

A common refrain in the pupil transportation industry is that students are safer inside the school bus than outside. Federal statistics back up that assertion, but they also reveal an unfavorable aspect that is not often emphasized: More students outside the school bus are killed by the bus itself than by other vehicles.

That unsettling discovery can be found in the August 2017 edition of School-Transportation-Related Crashes, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report, which covers the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015, offers a number of insights that help put school bus fatality data in perspective.

One key takeaway is that an average of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes. NHTSA defines a school-transportation- related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.


The agency’s August 2017 report shows that school-transportation-related fatalities account for just a fraction of a percent of overall vehicle fatalities. From 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.  Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities,   READ MORE >

 


 

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