Crosspoint Kinetics, LLC, a newly formed subsidiary of Cummins Crosspoint, LLC, launched its second-generation parallel-electric hybrid system for small para-transit buses, shuttle buses, and package delivery applications. Crosspoint Kinetics' S3000 hybrid system offers durability and control software that interfaces with a vehicle to monitor and increase fuel economy as well as reduce emissions, according to the company.
According to Crosspoint Kinetics Product Director John McNichols, the company addressed problems seen in the first-generation system, such as expensive batteries, less-than-satisfactory reliability, and complex integration, to improve the second-generation system. The S3000 deploys ultra-capacitors and offers a design that makes it easy to install and remove. It is compatible with gasoline, diesel, propane, and compressed natural gas engines and can be installed in new and used vehicles — even transferred from one vehicle to another, the company said.
McNichols said results of the new Crosspoint Kinetics S3000 hybrid system from third-party and field testing have shown fuel-economy increases ranging between 10 and 30 percent, varying by driving style and route selection.
Crosspoint Kinetics' S3000 hybrid uses more than 80-percent American-made components, including the electric hybrid motor manufactured by Nidec Corporation in its Princeton, Ind., facility; the ultra-capacitors supplied by Maxwell Technologies of San Diego, Calif.; and the control computer and inverter provided by ZBB Energy of Menomenee Falls, Wis.