ALLISON HYBRID-ELECTRIC TECH UNDERLIES SAN-FRAN BUS WIN

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Allison Transmission


BREAKING: Due mid-2022, global North American commercial vehicle giant Allison will supply its H 40 EP electric hybrid propulsion system for integration into 30 metro buses via manufacturer ElDorado National’s (ENC) San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Municipal Railway (Muni) contract win, it was announced recently.

ALLISON HYBRID-ELECTRIC TECH UNDERLIES SAN-FRAN BUS WIN
“We are proud to support SFMTA in its efforts to modernise its Muni fleet with ENC,” said Allison Transmission’s vice-president of North America Sales, Global Channel and Aftermarket, Rohan Barua.

Indianapolis, USA-based Allison - a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions and the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles and transit buses – has delivered more than 9,000 electric hybrid propulsion systems serving 230 cities in 43 US states, it confirms.

These systems have accumulated more than 2.9 billion miles, saving more than 340 million gallons of fuel, and preventing 3.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, it explains.

"ENC is excited to partner with SFMTA and Muni on these buses which will utilise the Allison Hybrid EP system, which dramatically reduces both diesel fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as compared to a conventional diesel transit bus," said ElDorado National (California) vice president of Sales, Mike Ammann.

SFMTA awarded the contract to ElDorado for 30 electric hybrid E-Z Rider II model heavy-duty 30-foot transit buses, which will utilise the Allison H 40 EP hybrid system.

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MUNI FLEET MODERISATION

According to the company, the H 40 EP Series reduces fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent versus a conventional diesel bus, facilitates quieter operation, and reduces CO2 emissions, helping to protect the environment.

Additionally, the H 40 EP Series is equipped with regenerative braking, converting the vehicle’s kinetic energy to stored electric energy when decelerating or stopping.

ElDorado expects to deliver the electric-hybrid buses in the second quarter of 2022, it confirms.

"We are proud to support SFMTA in its efforts to modernise its Muni fleet with ENC," said Allison Transmission’s vice-president of North America Sales, Global Channel and Aftermarket, Rohan Barua.

"Allison’s electric hybrid solutions for transit buses are proven to demonstrate bottom-line operating benefits for municipalities and fleets all over the world while delivering industry-leading performance, reliability and durability, for nearly two decades and over several million miles of operation."

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ABOUT ALLISON

Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and medium- and heavy-tactical US defence vehicles, as well as a supplier of commercial vehicle propulsion solutions, including electric hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems, it states.

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