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Maintenance

Overcoming battery charging imbalance

12-volt devices must be connected through an equalizer (or a DC-to-DC converter) in order to equally discharge the battery pack.

By Brad Bisaillon With the emergence of advanced electrical systems in today’s bus designs, reliance on batteries to power them has become increasingly important. These continually evolving electrical subsystems are putting a tremendous strain on the batteries that power them, so effective management of the battery bank’s charge and discharge characteristics are imperative to extending […]

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Operators can ask for help

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ABC Companies manages the details through Fleet Assist.

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Information is a power tool

Proper documentation requires better use of computers.

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Batteries that deliver

An ODYSSEY® 31-PC2150 battery installation on one of the buses in the King County Metro Transit fleet.

BCI Group 31 AGM-VRLAs

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Ventilation is key

Properly cleaning HVAC units is time consuming, but the payoff is well worth it.

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5 steps to a stronger supply chain

T071 Industry in Action

Do these four scenarios sound familiar?

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Brake check technology: real time, all the time

MGM Brakes has continued development of the e-Stroke brake monitoring system with ES3D for air disc brakes.

Electronic monitoring addresses the CVSA inspection standard.

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Air disc or drum, spec and maintain

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC regards brakes as the most fundamental vehicle safety system.

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Not always about hard hits

These four experienced specialists equip their shops more than the average maintenance facility in preparation for the worst that can happen, but spoke with BUSRide about what else goes on in their shops.

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Seven reasons to embrace hybridized energy storage

Ioxus product web feature

Advantages of pairing ultracapacitors with batteries outweigh the drawbacks By Brendan Andrews A number of factors in play for engineers considering hybridized energy storage may raise questions over the complexities and of increased costs for dual-storage systems. The electronics required for balancing separate batteries and ultracapacitors in one component may also be a concern. The […]

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