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Old 01-21-2018, 06:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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We have similar issues with reno city transit. Hybrids run diesel only and the full electrics shut down in the most inopportune places. Seems to be how we run them, full on or full brake. When they switched them to intercity they broke slightly less often.

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Old 01-22-2018, 12:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Alright so it's basically a cluster.

The company can't build them fast enough.
Then they have to be shipped to PA for some sort of federal government inspection so the city can be reimbursed by the fed.
Some of the busses are already dead, their build in chargers have already failed.
The axles are leaking oil.
An inspector refused to certify the charging systems because the contract was for high end, high $ chargers and the busses manufactured all have cheap Chinese chargers.
The batteries were supposed to go for 275 miles between chargings, they only last 200 or less, buss roughs were designed around this 275mi range.

What are the chances they go bankrupt, take the money and run?
Cause that's the way it sounds like it will go.

None of this says electric buses won't work.
The biggest changes need to be done to the people.
You can't buy a bus with a absolute max 275 mile range and expect to get 275 miles out of it every day for years.
You can use cheap Chinese high power electronics.
1984 chevy suburban, custom made 6.5L diesel turbocharged with a Garrett T76 and Holset HE351VE, 22:1 compression 13psi of intercooled boost.
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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When I used to drive paratransit we had LN2 fuel that was supposed to go 125 miles but you generally only reliably went 50. Many of my days were 3 to 5 refuel s.

The full electrics are only parked at recharge for 15 minutes every 2 hours of run. See anything off here? Reno isn't a flat and level town either.

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