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.

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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.

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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 will provide the Colombian capital of Bogotá with a fleet of 379 pure electric buses, in a deal awarded by the capital’s TransMilenio SA mass transport authority.

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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.

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BYD lands contract for 35 electric buses at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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These 35 BYD buses will enter service in July of 2014 and will replace an aging fleet of conventionally powered buses. Orders have been awarded in China, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Uruguay, North and South America. BYD Company, Ltd. 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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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. Since 2005, the company has been building commercial vehicles at a plant in San Martin, Buenos Aires, and this year will start production in a new plant located in Maldonado, Uruguay.

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

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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. power fuel cell—typically around 125 kW to 150 kW. Since battery buses are expected to be almost 100% powered by lithium ion, and they require much larger batteries than hybrids, this market offers the greatest growth.

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