DesignLine Ecosmart All-Electric Bus
The EcoSmart, DesignLine Corporation’s current production all-electric vehicle, offers 100 miles of continuous daily range in real-world operations and produces zero exhaust emissions. The EcoSmart’s battery storage systems power wheels and all vehicle accessories.
The bus features aerodynamic styling with curved body and seamless windows, a proprietary vehicle management system that monitors and controls all aspects of operation and tailors performance to maximize efficiency, and remote data logging. The electric vehicle produces reduced noise levels for the comfort of passengers and those nearby. Measuring 35 feet in length, the bus has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 43,400 lbs. It is available in all-electric and extended range electric models.
DesignLine, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a developer of alternative energy vehicles for the mass transportation industry. All its clean propulsion systems are specifically designed to excel in the high density, stop-and-go, urban transit route profile, according to the company.
New Flyer Xcelsior Hybrid Bus
New Flyer’s Xcelsior transit bus, available with both Allison and BAE hybrid drive trains, is lighter in weight, quieter, and more fuel efficient than comparable buses and has achieved 5.88 miles per gallon, according to the company. To improve fuel efficiency, the company reduced the weight of the cooling system, interior panels, fuel tank, and flooring. Altoona testing also shows the bus has the lowest interior noise at the center and rear, as well as lowest exterior noise.
Xcelsior features an integrated roofline, less-visible drip rails and fasteners, fiberglass exterior panels for flush windows, and LED headlights. The upgraded interior features LED lighting, skylight roof hatches, and styling upgrades. Enhanced insulation, single-reduction rear axle, and roof-mounted air conditioning provide additional passenger comfort. The bus includes an electronic instrument panel for the operator. Preventive maintenance and repairs are easier due to fiberglass exterior panels, slide-out battery compartment, swing-out fan belt guard, and interior engine access door, according to New Flyer. The Xcelsior is available in three lengths — 35 feet, 40 feet, and 60 feet.