OwnerWilliam Brinsmead
Owner's Other EVs1992 GMC G-Van
1994 Chevrolet S-10 (sold)
Little Boy
My 1st EV
1973 Cadillac Hearse
2011 Nissan Leaf
2015 Tesla P85D
LocationReno, Nevada United States map
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Vehicle1996 APS 26 foot bus
Built by APS systems
MotorIndramat 3-Phase AC
100 kw motor 10 k rpm 3-400 lbs
DrivetrainMotor is connected to a 2/1 gearbox
then a short drive line to a rear facing differential
100 kw 3 phase 3
Batteries110 Saft STM 180, 6.00 Volt, Nickel-Cadmium, Flooded
two strings of 55 batteries in parallel
System Voltage350 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC 30
Also we use the original charger by Fulmen if we need a quicker charge. Not too portable as it plugs into a 100 amp 3 phase 208 volt outlet
HeaterResistive with blower
DC/DC Converter Vicor
350 volt in and 12 volt 90 amp out.
InstrumentationAmmeter, Volt meter and I added a Link 10 E-meter
Top Speed45 MPH (72 KPH)
Accelerationbus like
Range90 Miles (144 Kilometers)
It has one of the most potent regenerative braking systems I have seen, it is possible to drive all over town and never need to use the hydraulic brakes.
EV Miles
Current:64,000 Miles (102,976 Kilometers)
Seating CapacityWas 22 passenger, but with the built in demo equipment it will be 6 passenger
Curb Weight17,100 Pounds (7,772 Kilograms)
Tires245/70r 17.5 inch, 125 psi, 6000 lbs max
Additional FeaturesIt has two 350 Volts DC to 3 phase 120/208 60 hz 10 hp converters, these run an air compressor, two air-conditioning units , cooling fans, the power steering and brake hydraulic systems, and the electric heaters as well, and now they will run our demos too.
Bus currently being scrapped for parts and the long lived stm180 Nicads!

A few years back, my Co worker Andrew Oxner went in with me to buy 5 of these used buses, we parted out 3 for the batteries and EV components. The Physics Dept. had one, and we have one still left for future projects.In Reno our local ev club is at WebPage

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