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12/15/2020

 


  NCCU Takes Delivery of Two PREVOST H3-45 Coaches

 

Prevost announced North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC, has taken delivery of two 2020 H3-45 coaches to be used for student transportation.

 

  From Prevost:

Prevost announced North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC, has taken delivery of two 2020 H3-45 coaches to be used for student transportation.  Freshly wrapped with eye-catching NCCU Eagles graphics, the coaches arrived in style on the beautiful NCCU campus at the Shepard Administration circle where they were met by socially distanced faculty and staff of the esteemed university.

"We're thrilled to introduce the coaches to our student body," said Dr. Johnson Akinleye, chancellor of NCCU. "We trust Prevost to provide a safe ride for our students, as well as a quality vehicle we can count on."

The coaches are equipped with Prevost Driver Assist™, which fully integrates radar, camera and brake technologies for motorcoach applications. The data from these technologies works together, gathering and sharing information, functioning simultaneously to create driver assistance aimed at reducing incidents and lowering operational costs.

"The coaches will be used for student transportation of all kinds," said Phillip Vereen, transportation director for NCCU. "From student government events to athletics, the coaches will provide a safe, comfortable ride for students, faculty and staff alike."

In addition to Prevost Driver Assist™ for collision mitigation, the coaches also feature Prevost's surround camera system for enhanced driver visibility, perimeter intelligent loading and navigation lights.

"We are honored to partner with NCCU," said Jay Snead, regional sales manager for Prevost. "The luxury spec'd H3-45 touring coaches offer the most advanced safety options to provide drivers and passengers the ultimate peace of mind."

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  How technology can cut costs, boost productivity
 

If 10 hourly employees spend 15 minutes per shift doing paperwork at $30 per hour, it can add up to $18,750 a year. When managers spend 3.5 hours per week on paperwork. It costs a month of productivity annually.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Looking to reduce business costs? Start with eliminating the paperwork by using technology.

If 10 hourly employees spend 15 minutes per shift doing paperwork at $30 per hour, it can add up to $18,750 a year. When managers spend 3.5 hours per week on paperwork. It costs a month of productivity annually.

There is a better, more efficient and cost-effective way, according to Trisha Fridrich, self-described operator-turned-tech-nerd.  "Anything you write on a piece of paper or put into a spreadsheet can be automated," said Fridrich, who shared her insights with motorcoach colleagues during a recent UMA Town Hall.

Fridrich, in her role as Technology Solutions Architect at the L&W Team, is passionate about data and finding ways to "use technology to turn that data into dollars." When operators empower their teams with technology to automate processes, they make those employees more productive.

She says everything from expenses and reimbursements to driver pay calculations and employee health questionnaires can be automated. Those parts of management that require empathy are not suited to being automated, she said, but most other things are.

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  Lion Electric Reports School Bus V2G Pilot Success

 

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer The Lion Electric Co. (Lion Electric) has successfully used its electric school buses to supply electricity back to Con Edison utility customers as part of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot in New York state.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer The Lion Electric Co. (Lion Electric) has successfully used its electric school buses to supply electricity back to Con Edison utility customers as part of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot in New York state.

The project, which began in 2018 in a partnership among Lion, green energy technology company Nuvve Corp., White Plains School District, and National Express, is reportedly the first successful deployment in the state of a V2G pilot, according to a news release from the EV manufacturer.

The V2G charging and discharging takes place at a depot in North White Plains, where the buses remain plugged into a charger when not in use. The batteries are charged when demand for power is low, and the chargers are programmed to reverse the power flow into the grid at times when the buses are not in operation. By charging when demand - and thus the price for electricity - is low and discharging when demand is high, operators can save money on energy costs for their fleet.

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