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.,

Renault Kangoo electric vans set to work in renewably-powered Uruguay

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Uruguay’s government-owned sole energy supplier, UTE, has become the latest company to convert to electric-powered transport, taking delivery of no less than 30 Renault Kangoo ZE. UTE, which generates and distributes electricity across the small South American country, took delivery of its new bat[.]. Renault

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Wärtsilä axial waterjets power world’s fastest high-speed ferry; fueled by LNG

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Wärtsilä’s axial waterjets power the Francisco , the world’s fastest high speed ferry—and the first fast ferry to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. It will transport both passengers and cars between Uruguay and Argentina. The system’s built-in redundancy makes it safe and robust, the company says. The vessel has successfully passed its sea trials and is now ready to commence commercial operations. The Francisco. Click to enlarge.

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Williams Advanced Engineering wins award for the Formula E battery

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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. The company also was awarded the Simms Medal for 2015 in October by the Royal Automobile Club for its work on the Formula E battery. The batteries are currently powering the cars in the second season of the Championship, with the next round taking place in Uruguay on 19 December.

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

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TATSA), a company wholly owned by Consorcio Metropolitano de Transporte S.A., with a hybrid electric power system for use in buses in Argentina and throughout South America. The companies will work closely to specially match Eaton’s hybrid system to TATSA’s popular 12-meter bus model. The hybrid system combines a Cummins diesel engine with an electric motor that has a peak power output of 44 kW.

BYD lands contract for 35 electric buses at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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BYD Company, Ltd. These 35 BYD buses will enter service in July of 2014 and will replace an aging fleet of conventionally powered buses. This allowed the company to start selling buses in the European markets. Orders have been awarded in China, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Uruguay, North and South America. has been selected to supply 35 all-electric buses to be used to transfer passengers between airport terminals and aircraft at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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