Transit agencies planning to replace their traditional diesel-fueled buses with zero-emission buses will need to consider the effects of extreme weather on the fuel-economy of zero-emission buses.

Study looks at cold weather effects on electric bus range.


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Fuel economy of electric drive buses may vary significantly with temperature. The study concluded that the effects of temperature change on range may be particularly important in planning fleet development, especially for transit agencies located in cold weather climates. Agencies in cold weather climates may have to acquire additional buses or infrastructure to maintain full service during cold weather conditions. This will be especially so for those agencies thinking about replacing their diesel fleet with battery electric buses.

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An Analysis of the Association between Changes in Ambient Temperature, Fuel Economy, and Vehicle Range for Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Electric Buses

Author: Henning, Mark; Andrew Thomas; and Alison Smyth

Published By: Midwest Hydrogen Center of Excellence; Energy Policy Center at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University; Center for Transportation and the Environment; Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

Source Date: 11/13/2019

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Lesson ID: 2020-00940