Automotive & Transportation

Diagnostics Tool for Electric-Battery Buses

13 May 2017

New products introduced by Proterra (Burlingame, CA) are engineered to improve the efficiency of electric buses.Image credit: ProterraImage credit: Proterra

The designer and manufacturer of battery-powered transit systems developed the Diagnostic Tool as a platform that allows technicians to access all vehicle systems in one place, with one intuitive interface. A simple dashboard displays the vehicle’s functional layout, enabling users to monitor operation levels, see faults and resolve many issues directly through the interface without physically removing bus panels. The Wi-Fi enabled system, which also offers both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, facilitates monitoring of the overhead charging system.

With no combustion engine, Proterra electric buses do not generate excess heat to reuse within the vehicle. A Cold Weather Package addresses this issue with two different configurations, depending on the severity of climate. For regions with occasional snow and below-freezing temperatures, the Standard Cold Weather Package offers a front door and ADA ramp diffuser to remove ice and minimize slipping, heated mirrors to ensure better visibility and a heated charge blade and scoop on the roof of the bus for consistent charging all winter.

An Extreme Cold Weather Package includes the Standard Package features along with additional auxiliary heat for sub-zero conditions to keep riders and drivers comfortable. In addition, a heated rear exit floor prevents ice buildup. Designed for areas with more extreme winter weather, such as northern or mountain climate zones, this version includes integrated chains and belly pans as optional features.

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