Uruguay launches first BYD battery-electric buses; projecting 500 by 2015

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in partnership with Chinese automaker BYD Ltd, introduced the first battery-electric 12-meter rapid transit bus in Uruguay and the region. The BYD electric bus, powered by two in-wheel electric motors capable of a cruising speed of more than 88 km/h (55 mph) and a Li-ion battery pack has a range of more than 250 km (155 miles)—nearly 24 hours of service daily for most transit applications. Buquebus and CTS Auto S.A.,

Williams Advanced Engineering wins award for the Formula E battery

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Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering services and technology division of the Williams Group, won the “Most Innovative New Motorsport Product” award for the Formula E battery at the Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium. Williams Advanced Engineering was awarded the prize for its work in creating the batteries that are currently powering the cars racing in Formula E, the world’s first fully electric racing series.

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Bogotá orders 379 electric buses from BYD

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It will also be 60% cheaper to operate these buses, compared to traditional diesel-powered buses. BYD’s zero-emission transportation solutions have gained ground in Latin America, and now successfully service markets in many other countries across the region, including Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Uruguay and Argentina. Bus Electric (Battery) Latin America

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Pike forecasts 26.4% CAGR for electric-drive buses to 2018; hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell

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Pike Research forecasts that the global market for all electric-drive buses—including hybrid, battery electric, and fuel cell buses—grow steadily over the next. The Latin American market will be driven largely by uptake in Brazil, but other countries will also spur adoption, notably Uruguay which recently indicated it. would purchase 500 battery electric buses. Since 2009, hundreds of battery buses have been deployed. Li-ion batteries.

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Eaton signs long-term agreement with Argentine bus manufacturer TATSA to design and supply hybrid systems

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with a hybrid electric power system for use in buses in Argentina and throughout South America. The hybrid system combines a Cummins diesel engine with an electric motor that has a peak power output of 44 kW. Eaton matches the system to an automated six-speed Eaton transmission and stores energy in a lithium-ion battery pack. Eaton Corporation has signed a long-term agreement to design and supply Argentine bus manufacturer Tecnología Avanzada en Transporte S.

Nations agree on global, legally binding treaty on mercury emissions: Minamata Convention on Mercury

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The Committee, chaired by Fernando Lugris of Uruguay, will present the Convention text to the UNEP Governing Council for adoption next month. These range from medical equipment such as thermometers and energy-saving light bulbs to the mining, cement and coal-fired power sectors. These include: Batteries, except for button cell batteries used in implantable medical devices. From Power Stations to Cement Factories.