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Old 08-28-2021, 02:33 PM   #1
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Interesting article on electric bus. One step closer to an electric class A

Hey all. Ran across this article in one of the local rags. Interesting. We drive this highway regularly in our Tesla. Its a big climb uphill and a long haul down. Good brakes are kind of important. Anyway, enjoy. Maybe a glimpse of the future. 5 Years ago there wasn't anything like this. Times are changing.

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Hey all. Ran across this article in one of the local rags. Interesting. We drive this highway regularly in our Tesla. Its a big climb uphill and a long haul down. Good brakes are kind of important. Anyway, enjoy. Maybe a glimpse of the future. 5 Years ago there wasn't anything like this. Times are changing.

https://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/waterc...trek#fs_102404
Thanks for the article, just can't imagine the price of a unit all electric drive. Would be cool though, just drive a Tesla with plaid software, freaky fast.
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Thanks for the article, just can't imagine the price of a unit all electric drive. Would be cool though, just drive a Tesla with plaid software.
Your welcome. Yah. No idea on price. Itís a fairly big bus company and I see their busses often. They must have done the math. Still. No idea on price. It will be interesting to see their results.
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Thanks for the article, just can't imagine the price of a unit all electric drive. Would be cool though, just drive a Tesla with plaid software, freaky fast.
According to this article the cost of this bus is $1,300,000. That's one million more than a normal intercity bus.

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According to this article the cost of this bus is $1,300,000. That's one million more than a normal intercity bus.



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Thatís only 2,400,000 miles to break even versus my dieselís mileage. Anyone know the current Guinness record for this trip? Seems to be an easy record to beat in a vehicle smaller than a bus. I canít find it, thanks. I do know the US coast to coast record is under 27 hours.
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Thatís only 2,400,000 miles to break even versus my dieselís mileage. Anyone know the current Guinness record for this trip? Seems to be an easy record to beat in a vehicle smaller than a bus. I canít find it, thanks. I do know the US coast to coast record is under 27 hours.
Not sure but I think this bus is 45 feet. With a tag.
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Not sure but I think this bus is 45 feet. With a tag.
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Here's the system architecture of the electric bus. I imagine a motor home would be similar.
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Interesting. We travel that route a lot. Maybe weíll see it. Although Iím not sure I would recognize it. .
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Looks like a 544 kWh battery or about half the long range Tesla Semi, so similarly it would have about 500 miles range with a megawatt hour pack.
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Still a big battery. For a tour bus company like that it would be worth having their own 100 KW CCS station. They are getting pretty cheap now at about 35,000 bucks. You can pick up 25 Kw units now for around 9 grand, Too small for something like this although the local taxi company has a couple.
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Here's more, electric school bus and sprinter vans





Its nice they still use air brakes
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Wouldnít it be great to sit in those lines? Itís only 550 miles to Vegas from San Francisco, thatís less than one tank full on a 1996 7.3 liter diesel pickup. Round trip without refueling on the diesel MH. Energy density is the hurdle that batteries need to overcome to achieve parity with liquid fuels. Hopefully thatís resolved someday.

As far as the Guinness record, I wasnít asking how big this MH is. I was asking what the current record is. I donít see it in the book, and was not aware that a speed record was classified by size and weight. I might be the fastest person in the 100 yard dash based on weight and height, but that doesnít make me the fastest overall which is what the records generally look like.
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I think electric vehicles are cool and we considered one, but in the long run, I still can't see where the electricity to charge all these things will come from. So many power grids are already taxed as is. How many renewables can be made for a fully electric transportation system? Oh, wait, I forgot, Fusion is only 20 years away.

Also, knowing the American public and their vehicles, efficiency will not be what the buyer wants. It'll be more power, more towing capacity, bigger vehicles. May I direct the court's attention to exhibit A:https://www.gmc.com/electric/hummer-ev

I can see some cities pushing for electric busses in combination of pushing away personal vehicles via fees and eliminating parking. Time will tell.
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