INDIANAPOLIS — Crosspoint Kinetics LLC, a subsidiary of Cummins Crosspoint LLC, has launched a second-generation, parallel-electric hybrid system for buses, including small to mid-size school buses.
Officials said the Crosspoint Kinetics S3000 hybrid system leverages evolved designs and technologies with improvements in durability and control software. The system interfaces to a vehicle, making it easier to access hybrid advantages, including acceleration performance, less fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
“The S3000 deploys ultra-capacitors and offers a design that makes it easy to install and remove," Crosspoint Kinetics Product Director John McNichols said. "It is compatible with gasoline, diesel, propane and compressed natural gas engines, and can be installed in new and used vehicles — even transferred from one vehicle to another.”
The system generates 100% of its own electricity during deceleration or braking. Results from third-party and field testing have shown fuel economy increases ranging between 10% and 30%, varying by driving style and route selection, according to the company. An operator has full control of how much electricity can be generated, captured and reused for acceleration.
The Crosspoint Kinetics S3000 hybrid system uses more than 80% of American-made components. Included are an advanced hybrid-electric motor manufactured by Nidec Corp. in its Princeton, Ind., facility; the ultra-capacitors are supplied by Maxwell Technologies of San Diego; and the control computer and inverter are provided by ZBB Energy of Menomenee Falls, Wis. The company is also working directly with key OEM bus and chassis manufacturers to ensure quality installations, officials said.
“We have successfully completed system life, performance, reliability and FTA/Altoona testing,” McNichols said. “We are confident our second-generation hybrid will perform and bring many benefits to the communities where they operate.”
The Crosspoint Kinetics hybrid system is in limited production and is available through select bus OEM manufacturers throughout North America. Full production is expected during the fourth quarter of 2013.