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Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky Schools

Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition is tracking performance data for the nation's largest hybrid diesel electric school bus fleet.

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Melissa Howell, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition

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HYBRID HORSEPOWER FOR KENTUCKY
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In this paper we present the results of full-scale chassis dynamometer testing of two hybrid transit bus configurations, parallel and series and, in addition, quantify the impact of air conditioning. We also study the impact of using an electrically controlled cooling fan. The main trend that is noted, and perhaps expected, is that a significant fuel penalty is encountered during operation with air conditioning, ranging from 17-27% for the four buses considered. The testing shows that the series hybrid architecture is more efficient than the parallel hybrid in improving fuel economy during urban, low speed stop and go transit bus applications. In addition, smart cooling systems, such as the electrically controlled cooling fan can show a fuel economy benefit especially during high AC (or other increased engine load) conditions.
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