Gillig goes beltless with Varner alternator

Transit bus manufacturer, Gillig LLC recently announced that the Vanner Hybrid Beltless Alternator (HBA) is now standard equipment on its hybrid buses. The Vanner HBA replaces the alternator and the associated pulleys and belts

Transit bus manufacturer, Gillig LLC recently announced that the Vanner Hybrid Beltless Alternator (HBA) is now standard equipment on its hybrid buses. The Vanner HBA replaces the alternator and the associated pulleys and belts.

The HBA is designed to provide full power at curb idle and to deliver power that exceeds conventional alternators through 85% of the drive cycle, according to testing performed by Vanner and Gillig engineers. Vanner uses a roof-mount installation for the HBA, unlike the alternator, which is located near the engine, to eliminate any potential for thermal events. Testing of the HBA also indicates fuel savings and reduced stress on the engine, which can lead to longer engine life, according to Gillig.

“We have thoroughly tested the Vanner HBA and have had excellent customer acceptance,” said Sam Enochian, director of national sales at Gillig. “The HBA provides a cost-effective option to the alternator and the HBA provides real, measurable ROI.”

“We anticipate that transit fleets will only need one HBA for every five alternators and associated parts,” added Chris Collet, Vanner vice president, bus and hybrid markets. “The HBA significantly increases vehicle readiness in the yard and cost savings over the life of the bus could be $25,000 or more.”

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