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Electrification and hybridization are having a major impact in the commercial vehicle world and there is no indication of slowing. Rising fuel costs, taxation regimes, urban low emissions zones, and other national and local legislative measures are requiring fleet operators to find alternatives to the diesel engine. As powertrain electrification makes its impact on the postal and courier industries, it is making an impact on transit passenger service as well. Buses can easily be charged as they follow defined routes and operate around a fixed depot. There are field trials underway to study the opportunity of charging through wireless induction as the next stage for electric bus operation. Many feel this would allow for a smaller battery pack, which will save weight, space, and cost. One trial wireless induction is being conducted on a bus route in Germany, and a partnership in the United Kingdom (UK) is working on a wireless charging pack. Battery-swapping experiments continue as well and are featured in a two-year, five-city trial e-bus project being conducted in Poland. Fuel cell buses are in operation in numerous United States (US) locations, and confirmed purchases of advanced fuel cell modules for bus applications have been reported. Yet, diesel-electric hybrid buses are, at the moment, the predominant alternative powertrain option.


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  • Accession Number: 01492037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2013 1:53PM