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EnerDel Packs for Allison Hybrid Buses
New Strategic Relationship for
PP320-689-LP Vigor+ Lithium Packs
Indiana’s EnerDel has entered a strategic relationship with Allison Transmission (Booth 3057) for EnerDel’s PP320-689-LP Vigor+ brand lithium ion packs to be offered as a replacement for the factory nickel metal hydride packs in transit buses with Allison’s parallel hybrid electric drivelines.
“With EnerDel’s Vigor+ battery pack designed to integrate with the Allison Hybrid H 40/50 EP system, we’re pleased to have this relationship expand the options available in the marketplace for customers of the Allison Hybrid system,” said Allison Transmission hybrid product line team’s director Phil Bettner.
King County required a complete ESS – energy storage system – to fit into the footprint of its current NiMH battery systems, EnerDel explains. “A retrofitted solution needed to be virtually seamless, and have the ability to maintain established diagnostic reporting. EnerDel’s solution met and improved upon the direct replacement requirements.”
The EnerDel lithium ESS is rated at 20 kilowatt hours, and so despite weighing less, “delivers over three times the rated energy of the existing NiMH system,” EnerDel says – improving the fuel economy of the Allison-drive hybrid vehicles.
EnerDel (www.enerdel.com/APTA) last month inked a four-year pact with Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit to maintain and recondition the lithium battery packs that have been in service with the agency’s hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet since 2010.
“Entering into a relationship with Allison further solidifies our position as the Lithium-ion ESS solutions provider of choice in the hybrid bus market,” said EnerDel strategic applications director Ben Wrightsman.
EnerDel employs lithium manganese cobalt chemistry.