October 31, 2020
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Duluth was only too happy to serve as the testing grounds for an Obama-era grant to prove that emissions-free electric busses were the way to go in the era of global warming. It mattered not that the seven vehicles manufactured by an east coast company called Proterra cost almost twice as much as each of the 70 or so diesel busses already in the cityâ€™s fleet.
But John Ramos of the Duluth Monitor reports itâ€™s been an uphill battle from the start of service nearly two years ago for the new-age busses.
Two months after their unveiling, all seven buses were pulled from service, because their braking systems were struggling on Duluthâ€™s hills, and a software problem was causing them to roll back when accelerating uphill from a standstill. Technicians also determined that Duluthâ€™s cold weather was causing the bus heaters to drain the batteries too rapidly, preventing them from completing a full shift.
Proterra technicians traveled to Duluth to make the necessary repairs. To reduce the drain on the battery, they installed diesel-powered heating systems on the buses. This upgrade allowed the battery to be used strictly for locomotionâ€”but also meant that the buses were no longer emissions-free.
So the main selling point for getting onboard with electric busses in the first place was gone within weeks of hitting the streets. The ride hasnâ€™t gotten any smoother with the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) recently confessing to the city council they dubbed one bus after a demon-possessed car called Christine in a Stephen King horror story.
If a busâ€™s battery runs too low, and it loses power in the field, it cannot be recharged and restarted on the spot. It must be towed to the charging station at the garage.
"Whatâ€™s the power of an electric bus like?â€ I asked. "Is there any difference from a diesel?â€
"In some cases, it doesnâ€™t accelerate on a hill the same way a diesel does,â€ [DTA general manager Phil] Pumphrey said, "â€”partially because itâ€™s only got one drive wheel. The diesels have two.â€
You get the picture. DTA officials consider it a good day when they have the electric busses on the street in service now most of the time. The rubber will hit the road, however, when it comes time to replace them.
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I'm not surprised; it would be a terrible place for an electric bus. As hilly as San Francisco but much colder.
Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at October 31, 2020 11:54 AM (WUUJZ)
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