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TdS Report #53: New Electric Buses in New York City

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TdS Report #53: New Electric Buses in New York City

Two years ago Patrick Centolanzi, Transportation Systems Engineer for the New
York Power Authority drove a Bluebird electric school bus on the Tour de Sol.
I met him at the Tour Finish line in New York City on Saturday. He had some
interesting stories to tell about recent EV activity here.

"We competed in the Tour with a 1997 Bluebird all electric school bus that used
the Solectria drive system. Since then we took an older Bluebird school bus
that used a Westinghouse drive system that was problematic and repowered it
with the Solectria. They are both now in service in Queens New York."

"We are working on buying a hybrid-electric school bus for use in New York City
from Bluebird and Solectria."

"And the New York Power Authority in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit
Authority and the Alliance for Downtown New York has purchased eight AVS all
electric shuttle buses for use in lower Manhattan. They will have ultra-
capacitors for high efficiency. And we are talking about having a high-speed
charging that will charge a bus in 4 hours."

"And we have a Ford Th!nk City car here which is part of our station car
program. We have 75 Th!nks in the hands of private commuters who purchased
them. They get free charging in their home. They get free charging at the
train station. When they do that their commute is all electric and all
emission free. This program is in place in West Chester, Rockland, and Putnam
counties. We started about 3 months ago and expect to put another 25 in
service in the next couple of months. Commuters have stepped up big time,
especially on Long Island."

"And NYPA has also leased another eleven Toyota RAV4-EVs."

"It just shows that there are a lot of programs going on in New York for energy
efficient and low emission vehicles."

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