Voith’s ANS feature interrupts the power flow between the engine and transmission automatically when the vehicle is at a stop, thereby reducing the fuel necessary to idle the engine. “Transit buses can spend more than 50 percent of their operating time at idle while loading and unloading passengers or while stopped at traffic lights,” said Tracey Johnson, key account OEM manager at Voith Turbo U.S. “By activating ANS during these stops, significant reductions in fuel consumption can be realized.”
“The Portland Metro area is already starting to see the benefits from Voith’s DIWA automatic transmission system equipped with both SensoTop and ANS technology,” said Rob Wiss, vice president for Voith Turbo’s Commercial Vehicle Group in the U.S. “SensoTop and ANS are great not only for transit systems seeking more fuel efficient buses – they also contribute to global sustainability by reducing fuel consumption, resulting in lower CO2 emissions.”
The new buses are replacing a portion of TriMet’s older buses, and began entering service in late July. Delivery is expected to continue throughout the fall, with three to five buses being delivered each week. SensoTop and ANS technology are available on new buses like those manufactured by Gillig LLC as well as for retrofits on existing buses equipped with Voith DIWA.5 automatic transmissions.