SEPTA, Midvale Bus Garage Battery Electric Bus Feasibility
Burns evaluated the 240,000 SF canopy within the Midvale Bus Facility, producing recommendations for retrofits maximizing the number of buses that could be charged, while minimizing disruption to current operations the fleet. The study included both the initial pilot of 10 busses and the final build-out to replace all 320 diesel busses currently operating out of Midvale.
Burns provided evaluation and recommendations for:
- Vehicle charging technologies, such as plug-in charging, pantograph charging, inductive charging, and hybrid systems.
- Multiple schematic charging approaches that each provide the necessary power and resiliency.
- Methods to accommodate fleet maintenance, operational constraints and logistics of the proposed battery electric bus fleet.
- Maximum loading capacity of the canopy to support suspended or ceiling-mounted charging equipment.