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NOV-DEC 2014

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24 < m ETRO m AGAZINE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 Held for the frst time in Indianapolis, this year's event featured several electric and new propane autogas vehicle debuts, while in the classroom, safety was a major focus, with sessions discussing technology integration and training. BY ALEX ROMAN, Managing Editor A growing focus toward sustainability and safety, both on the show foor and at op- erations themselves, were key themes at 2014's BusCon, which was held for the frst time at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. At least six electric vehicles, ranging from passenger vans to cutaway buses to a mid-sized transit bus and a trolley bus, were featured both on the show foor and at a special ride-along held in conjunction with the show. ECO-VEHICLE OPTIONS Complete Coach Works (CCW), which won BusCon's Best Green Initiative award, featured a converted all-electric trolley bus that was used at the University of Cal- ifornia, Riverside. The 33.5-foot trolley uses the same advanced lithium battery and liquid-cooled drive system technol- ogy as CCW's Zero-Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) transit bus and has a range of 85 miles with a charge time of 3.5 hours. CCW also recently received the Advance- ment of Air Pollution Technology award from the South Coast Air Quality Man- agement District for its ZEPS bus system. BYD showcased its 26-foot Mid-e bus, featuring its iron-phosphate battery Alternative Propulsion, Safety Big Focus at BusCon 2014 BusCon 2014 took place in Indianapolis after several years in Chicago. One thing that didn't change, however, was a packed show foor with all the latest technologies available in the industry today.

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