Bus

Voith equips TriMet Gilligs with fuel-saving tech

Posted on October 22, 2013

Voith Turbo Inc. recently supplied Gillig LLC with 70 DIWA.5 automatic transmissions for buses being delivered to Portland, Oregon's TriMet. The transmissions are equipped with two advanced fuel-saving features: Voith’s patented gear-shifting program SensoTop and the ANS-function (Automatic Neutral Shift).
 
The SensoTop program enables the transmission’s control system to automatically adapt gear-shifting points based on acceleration, vehicle load, and topography of the route to achieve optimal fuel economy. A recent year-long field test, conducted in six cities with varying topographies, has shown that SensoTop provided the transit systems with up to 7% in additional fuel savings, according to Voith officials.
 
Voith’s ANS feature interrupts the power flow between the engine and transmission automatically when the vehicle is at a stop, thereby reducing the fuel necessary to idle the engine.

“Transit buses can spend more than 50% of their operating time at idle while loading and unloading passengers or while stopped at traffic lights,” said Tracey Johnson, Key Account OEM Manager at Voith Turbo U.S. “By activating ANS during these stops, significant reductions in fuel consumption can be realized.”
 
The new buses are replacing a portion of TriMet’s older buses, and began entering service in late July. Delivery is expected to continue throughout the fall, with three to five buses being delivered each week. SensoTop and ANS technology are available on new buses like those manufactured by Gillig LLC as well as for retrofits on existing buses equipped with Voith DIWA.5 automatic transmissions.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Denver RTD unveils its Flatiron Flyer BRT vehicle

The Flatiron Flyer buses, which were supplied by MCI and can carry 57 passengers each, are specially branded with a unique blue-and-sunrise-orange paint scheme designed by RTD and a U.S. 36 corridor stakeholder group.

Safe Fleet acquires Hadley's bus, motorcoach mirror product lines

The Hadley mirror business will remain in Elkhart, Ind., but will relocate from the Hadley site to its own production facility over the next few months. The management, engineering, customer service, administrative and production personnel of the Hadley mirror business will remain with the business and transition to Safe Fleet.

BusCon returns to Indy

Each year, more and more people look forward to BusCon as a chance to network, learn about new trends and technology, and gain the tools that are necessary to revitalize the way they tackle their own operations.

Project team wins award for N.Y. bus time displays

The countdown clocks were developed in part to address concerns about the overall accessibility of MTA’s Bus Time system, which sends wait-time information to riders via text message, a QR code scan, or over a web site.

Boston could benefit from more BRT, report says

The report argues that the city should be pushing for the “gold standard” of BRT. That would include a control station that monitors buses and ensures they come at well-spaced intervals and enclosed stops that shelter customers.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close