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5.8.14

BUSMAKERS NEWS * USA: Thomas Built Buses'

* New York - BAE Systems and Cummins collaborate to reduce idling for hybrid transit buses 

(Photo Courtesy of Cummins: Transit bus operators will now be able to employ stop/start technology to shut off bus engines as passengers board and disembark) 
Endicott,NY,USA -Business Wire/The WSJ -August 04, 2014: -- For the first time in North America, transit bus operators will be able to employ engine stop/start technology to shut off bus engines as passengers board and disembark, reducing air and noise pollution as well as fuel consumption. This advancement, the result of collaboration between BAE Systems and Cummins, is now available for all buses equipped with Cummins ISB6.7 Hybrid engines and BAE Systems' HybriDrive(R) Series-E propulsion systems... Transit bus operators will now be able to employ stop/start technology to shut off bus engines as passengers board and disembark...  BAE Systems' start/stop technology has shown that the stop/start mode reduces engine idling time by up to 40 percent, which helps increase fuel economy and create a quieter atmosphere for passengers at bus stops. In addition, accessories such as air conditioning, power steering, and air compressors remain operational during engine shut-off mode... 


* North Caroline - Increased fuel economy coming to school buses via transmission innovations


High Point,NC,USA -School Transportation News, by Ryan Gray -1 August 2014: -- Thomas Built Buses and Allison Transmission are partnering to bring student transporters new fuel-saving technology as standard equipment on the Saf-T-Liner C2, EFX and HDX school bus models, the companies formally announced in a release... While proprietary to Thomas for its three models staring on Oct. 1 of this year, Allison's FuelSense will ultimately be available to all school bus manufacturer... Specifics on the new packages are low rolling resistance tires as technology improvements to meet new federal standards for both greenhouse gas emissions reduction and increased fuel economy for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles... The standard FuelSense offers 5- to 15-percent increase in fuel savings, while two additional options, FuelSense Plus and FuelSense Max, deliver improvements of 6- to 18-percent and 8- to 20-percent, respectively. These numbers, depend on duty cycle and are compared with fourth-generation controls for Allison 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series...

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