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NOV-DEC 2014

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19 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 m ETRO m AGAZINE > COMPLETE COACH WORKS CCW's all-electric transit bus powered by Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) uses advanced lithium-ion batteries and a liquid-cooled drive system to provide fuel and maintenance cost savings. The 40-foot version can seat up to 36 passengers and features a 293-inch wheelbase, an electric HVAC system, air brakes, hydraulic power steering and more. IMPULSE NC LLC IMPulse NC LLC's Cable Theft Detection system uses the revolutionary Spread Spectrum Time-Domain Reflectometry made possible by LiveWire Innovation. This allows users to see into the cable environment and watch for changes without interfering with the wire circuit. It works on live and de-energized cables that will immediately transmit any alert or event wirelessly. INIT INIT's new MOBILE-ECO2 addresses two main requirements facing today's public transit environment: state of good repair and vehicle economy. The system monitors vehicle performance through the J1939 data network, analyzes driver behavior, discovers trends and delivers real-time vehicle alerts. Using comprehensive dashboards and reports, MOBILE- ECO2 reveals important vehicle trends — and future issues — before they become expensive repairs. KIEL NORTH AMERICA Kiel North America introduced its Comfort Line, a multifunctional and technologically barrier-breaking seat model for high-speed transportation. Manually- or motor- operated adjustable back and seat cushions, as well as foldable armrests, are a standard feature as well as the pleasingly contoured head rest, providing travelers with a shielded area for utmost comfort and restfulness. A vast number of available extras, such as flexible LED reading lamps and USB-chargers, conclude the state-of-the-art rail seat. L-3 DPA L-3 Communications introduced the next level of bus operator training in the form of their TS6-V8 Municipal Bus Simulator. This new device features an integrated curriculum ensuring a seamless integration with your existing programs. The new product is backed by the most experienced team in the business to help you get the desired results. MOTOR COACH INDUSTRIES MCI showcased its latest clean-diesel Commuter Coach built for Houston METRO as part of its 95-bus order. The 40-foot, CNG coach, which is one of the first to feature new Bendix braking and ZF axle systems, includes an impressive set of standard features, including a Luminator destination sign, a Transmark Mobile View nine- camera color surveillance system, and 110-volt power outlets with USB plugs at every seat. NEW FLYER New Flyer launched its new battery-electric Xcelsior bus, which is also available with clean diesel, CNG, hybrid and trolley propulsion systems. The battery-electric bus is equipped with a Siemens propulsion system and an Eaton charging system. The lithium-ion battery packs of the new vehicle have the ability to receive a partial recharge using a regenerative braking system, which is ideally suited for the typical start-and-stop duty cycle of a transit bus. Range is dependent on the unique operations and route structure of each customer with the capability of scalable battery capacities between 100 and 300 kWh. New Flyer is also developing the first-ever North American designed and built zero-emission, 60-foot battery-electric/ fuel-cell bus. VAPOR BUS The Vapor Electric Actuator for transit buses integrates electrical and mechanical elements to precisely open and close passenger doors while minimizing power consumption, according to the supplier. A powerful smart controller is engineered to provide total motion control and extensive data logging capacity. HADLEY Hadley showcased its prototype Digital Signage System, which provides customized information that is geo-localized, so it is relevant to the location of the vehicle at the time it is displayed. Customizable content can provide real-time information, weather updates and traffic conditions as well as dining, entertainment and shopping options at the next stop and along the route. VANNER INC. The Increased Accessory Power II™ (IAP II™) component system, a customizable electric distribution platform that provides power distribution from the hybrid system to accessory components, such as electric air conditioning systems, electric air compressors and electric power steering systems. Up to 30 kWs of continuous export power from the Allison H 40/50 EP Hybrid is made available via IAP II allowing up to 100% electrification for hybrid buses and coaches. IAP II includes either a single or dual hybrid beltless alternator for up to 600 amps-at-idle 24 VDC charging.

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