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Electric bus infrastructure: charge success with the right partners and right solution

By Stephanie Laubenstein and David Warren The power requirements for an electric bus fleet can be astonishing. Averaging 175 miles daily per bus, the energy consumption for a 100-bus fleet at one location would approach 50 MWh. Charging the bus at 150 kWh over a 3-hour period would require a continuous peak power demand of […]

Collision repair, refurbishing and remanufacturing: electrical component damage

In this roundtable discussion, BUSRide Maintenance spoke with experts in the field of collision repair about electrical componentry – repairing, replacing and common pitfalls. Please provide a summary of your capabilities in electrical component repair. Jon Savitz: Our capabilities [at ABC Companies] in electrical component repair consists of diagnostic training which develops troubleshooting skills amongst […]

Collision Repair, Refurbishing and Remanufacturing: Structural Damage

In this roundtable discussion, BUSRide Maintenance spoke with experts in the field of collision repair about common pitfalls, hidden factors and recent innovations. What are your capabilities in structural collision repair? Dale E. Carson: For over 30 years, Complete Coach Works (CCW) has dedicated its resources toward the retrofit, rehab, and remanufacture of buses. Among […]

Managing maintenance matters

In an interview with BUSRide, Ryan Harshbarger, Avail Technologies’ Fleet-Net® and business intelligence specialist, speaks about how technology enhances maintenance management, and how agencies can benefit by including maintenance managers as part of crucial decision-making processes. Avail Technologies, State College, PA, is a totally integrated solutions provider for the public transit industry featuring CAD/AVL, enterprise […]

Zero emission buses highlight a well-known environmental pollutant: NOISE

By Steve D. Johnson So far in this series we have discussed several areas where the HVAC can have a direct effect on the operation of the zero-emission battery bus (ZEB), including HVAC efficiency, passenger comfort, maintenance, and battery range. While bus cabin noise level has long been a concern for operators, specifications continue to […]

Transdev North America is sold on Vericom Brake Meter

Computerized solutions deliver precision and accuracy By David Hubbard In the mid-1980s, Roger D. McCumber redirected his passion for modifying sports cars and interest in braking technology to develop one of the first computerized electronic accelerometers for the performance car enthusiast, founding Vericom Computers in the process. Over the 30 years since, Vericom LLC, Rogers, […]

Paint booths and finishing systems

In this insightful roundtable, BUSRide Maintenance discusses the purchasing and implementation of paint booths with the following panelists: Guido Pippa – vice president of automotive sales Accudraft Paint Booths Chuck Koenen – president –  Kayco Spray Booths Describe your company and products in terms of your service to public and private bus coach operators who choose […]

NFI Parts: The path ahead

New Flyer Industries’ (NFI Group) acquisition of Motor Coach Industries (MCI) in 2015 represented a sea change in the bus industry for multiple reasons, not the least of which centered on an expansion of the MCI’s parts and service offerings. In October, all of the parts sales and support for MCI and New Flyer OEM […]

APTA showcases the future for electric vehicles –  but there are plenty  of opportunities in the present

If you attended the APTA EXPO this past year, you noticed that everyone who had an electric vehicle showed it. You also noticed that there are some new players in the market building electric vehicles. Finally, you noticed that nearly every supplier selling mechanical accessories now has an electrically-driven alternative. The future of transit was […]

All-electric HVAC changes maintenance practices

By Steve D. Johnson By now you know that certain components like mechanical compressors, clutches, belts, hoses and fittings will go away with the all-electric HVAC. These will be replaced by electrically-driven components and lead to the most important change technicians will see, exposure to high voltage. For the end user, technicians will have to […]