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  • networthdev networthdev Apr 8, 2013 9:08 AM Flag

    EVEN buses are going EV :-).... The world is CHANGING

    Google article title if interested, "Capstone Receives Order From DesignLine for Denver RTD Electric Bus Fleet" Capstone is a microturbin, and used to range extend the bus.

    "The DesignLine buses have an all-electric drivetrain using state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries for energy storage. The batteries are used to power the electric motors, which drive the bus, and all accessories such as air conditioning, power steering and lighting."

    "Two Capstone-equipped DesignLine buses have been in service for over a year on the mall, and they have better maintenance records than the TransTeq vehicles, according to RTD officials."

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      Perhaps you didn't notice These are hybrids not EVs?

      "The DesignLine buses have an all-electric drivetrain using state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries for energy storage. The batteries are used to power the electric motors, which drive the bus, and all accessories such as air conditioning, power steering and lighting.

      The lithium ion batteries recover kinetic energy from the bus brakes via a regenerative braking system to extend the range.
      The batteries are recharged by the Capstone 30kW microturbine,
      running on clean diesel or biodiesel. The microturbine recharges the batteries on the fly and shuts down when the batteries reach the desired state of charge. The Capstone microturbine produces extremely low emissions and noise compared to a traditional engine, with no requirements for complex exhaust aftertreatment or additional additives. "

      Oh yes about the lower maintenance.While I like Capstone and Hybrids.
      Saying that a one year old bus had less maintenance than a 13 year old bus, does not make me feel warm and fuzzy all over.

      " The new Denver RTD buses will operate on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The new buses will replace 36 TransTeq mall buses that were bought in 1999 and are now at the end of their useful life, according to RTD officials.

      Two Capstone-equipped DesignLine buses have been in service for over a year on the mall, and they have better maintenance records than the TransTeq vehicles, according to RTD officials. "

      The dreams VS reality thing.
      I would have thought with a turbine, you would notice, It was not an EV.
      I guess you are firmly planted in your dreams. That's not really a good Idea when investing.

    • How about that BETTER MAINTENANCE records. That data is going to get LOUDER, and LOUDER, and LOUDER, until the entire ICE world is pushed over the cliff of irrelevance.

 
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