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Offline dannyman

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Ultracapacitor Buses in China
« on: October 20, 2009, 03:37:26 PM »
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/ultracapacitor-electric-buses-china.php

Basically, electric trolley buses without the overhead wires.  Every few miles they must stop for 5-10 minutes, raise their poll, and charge.

I thought the other transit geeks might find this interesting. :)

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Re: Ultracapacitor Buses in China
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 03:42:41 PM »
Well, if this takes off, all the better! There was something remotely similar already, I think in Switzerland... with flywheels? I guess capacitors are really more suited for this...

EDIT: Wow, 200 amps... I wonder how is the charging connection made.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2009, 03:48:26 PM by VS »

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Re: Ultracapacitor Buses in China
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 03:45:47 PM »
I've just seen it. Sounds interesting as the main problem of hybrid vehicles is that batteries technologies are not as developed as they should.

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Re: Ultracapacitor Buses in China
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009, 04:06:14 PM »
I wonder if they could/do run on overhead lines in places, and can charge on the go.  That would give more flexibility in routing, and reduced infrastructure requirements.

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Re: Ultracapacitor Buses in China
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 06:51:39 PM »
With the current range and charging times, I expect this system might only be usable on short distance-high capacity lines, like airports and such. When using on longer lines, it basically takes a charging station on every bus stop, quickly rising the cost of investments to be made to an extend where it's just not economical anymore.

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Re: Ultracapacitor Buses in China
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2009, 04:00:44 PM »
Since buses stop often, and power lines or cables are already there in cities, I think this idea has potential. Good to see other options than the rechargeable batteries and fuel cells being evaluated too.