Comprehensive HVAC systems for small to large buses
Thermo King’s StudentAIRE solutions include the Slimline Rooftop Air Conditioning System (pictured), which measures approximately 6 inches above the roof, and it can be installed in the middle of the bus for more uniform air flow. The BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator features three-speed blowers that provide quick temperature pull-down inside the bus to maximize passenger comfort while reducing interior noise levels. The SA-400 split air-conditioning system delivers cooling for small and mid-size vehicles, while the SA-800 split air-conditioning system offers the same benefits for mid-size and larger wheelbase vehicles. All units will be available for order in the first quarter of 2014, officials said.
Trans Tech unveils new all-electric school bus
Type A school bus manufacturer Trans Tech Bus has partnered with Motiv Power Systems to develop a new all-electric school bus: the SSTe. The bus is built on a Ford E-450 chassis, utilizing the all-battery, all-chassis compatible Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS), which allows for compatiblity with any battery currently on the market or available in the future, officials said. Passenger capacity is up to 32 students, or 24 students and one wheelchair, and the bus is available with range options of 80 or 100 miles.
Trans Tech Bus
LED lights’ optics boost brightness
SoundOff Signal displayed several new LED lights for school buses, including a 7-inch round amber LED turn light and a 7-inch round amber LED turn light with an arrow. Officials said these FA Series lights feature advanced optical technology that exceeds all FMVSS and SAE requirements, and specifically engineered optics boost light output and brightness. The lens with a UV inhibitor is designed to prevent sun fading. The input voltage for these lights is 9-16 VDC, and each comes with a five-year warranty.
New timer for engine pre-heaters
Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America has released its new SmarTemp Control fx Timer, which is designed to work exclusively with Webasto’s engine pre-heaters. Company officials said that the new timer is easy to program for repeat heating duration times. Show attendees had the opportunity to examine the SmarTemp Control fx and explore its functionality and features with a portable display in Webasto’s booth.
Cloud-based management tool
Tyler Technologies Inc. launched Traversa, a school transportation management solution with a suite of applications in one system. The core functionality of Traversa includes bus routing, trip and activity management, work orders, fleet maintenance and GPS tracking. Traversa is being offered as a cloud-based solution administered by Tyler’s staff. The product’s HTML5 foundation provides a touch-screen interface that has been optimized for tablet and traditional desktop user experiences.