ameriTRAM ends year-long tour at EXPO

Posted on October 3, 2011

Kinkisharyo International LLC will have ameriTRAM — its prototype of the 100 percent low-floor, electro-hybrid streetcar specifically designed for North America — in booth #5732 at EXPO. This will be the final destination of a year-long tour that included stops in Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz.

"We have had enthusiastic support and response from local government, transit officials and the public everywhere we have been with ameriTRAM," said Bill Kleppinger, project manager of Kinkisharyo International. "Plus, we also drew attendees from cities all over the country to the various events. Being on the show floor at APTA will give everyone who was unable to make any of the city events a chance to see this revolutionary vehicle up close and get all their questions answered."

ameriTRAM is a 100 percent low-floor streetcar powered by e-Brid, a propulsion technology that enables operation powered by overhead catenary or on-board lithium-ion batteries.

e-Brid charges the batteries while running on catenary power and when braking. In battery mode, it uses the stored electricity to operate at full performance without overhead wires. Depending on conditions, ameriTRAM can run on battery power for up to five miles.

The propulsion system offers compelling advantages. Less electrification equipment and maintenance means that e-Brid saves municipalities millions of dollars in capital investment and operational costs, including $5 million to $6 million for every mile of catenary avoided. Eliminating overhead catenary wires allows ameriTRAM to serve sensitive historic preservation areas and areas where installing overhead wires is just not practical, such as under low bridges.

Also, because e-Brid enables battery-powered operation for up to five miles, ameriTRAM delivers immediate savings through lower power consumption and also eliminates harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

ameriTRAM was specifically engineered for North America and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Buy America, NFPA-130 and ASME RT-1.



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

More News

Cummins ships first QSK95 engine for the rail market

The engine, rated at 4400 hp (3281 kW) will be delivered to Siemens® manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., where it will be installed into a Charger® locomotive.

Thales to modernize signaling for N.Y. MTA's Queens Line

According to MTA’s vision, this line will also be the first interoperable one in the world: it will allow Thales equipment to work seamlessly with other CBTC suppliers’ equipment.

Amtrak to start charging fees for baggage exceeding limits

Amtrak will start on Thursday charging $20 to passengers who exceed limits for carry-on and personal items.

Metra expands online ticket payment options

Customers who purchase tickets for the Northeast Illinois commuter rail system through the agency’s website now have the ability to split their payments among credit and debit cards, including pre-tax transit benefit debit cards.

Las Vegas high-speed rail partners up, Authority meets

The joint venture says construction could begin in September 2016 once it has acquired all the necessary approvals.

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



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