The RATP Dev Group is the world’s fifth largest transportation company. With European roots that trace back to 120 years ago, the transit operator runs and maintains tens of thousands of kilometers of subway, bus, tram and urban or intercity rail lines around the globe.
Since 2018, the RATP Dev Group operates the DC Circulator which is a transit bus system that operates in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. The DC Circulator buses are similar to shuttle buses since they operate on a predictable fixed route and schedule, and run between the city’s main attraction and some of the more popular neighborhoods for visitors. The 81 bus fleet is split between 2 bus depots and consists of Van Hools and New Flyers with diesel, diesel-electric hybrid and fully electric power.
In November of 2019, the company acquired 2 battery-powered 626-EZs for each of their respective bus depots. Using pure 24V-DC power, each single-brush unit can soap, wash and rinse up to 30 buses on one complete charge while the buses are stationary.
“A single operator washes as fast as a 6 person-strong wash crew”
Bitimec’s Wash-Bots are advanced, reliable, power-brush machines immediately delivering positive ROI by allowing a single operator to wash a bus as fast as a 6 person wash crew. The operator simply walks the self-powered systems around the vehicles, as they apply soap, rinse-water and power-brush, all at the touch of a button. The small footprint machines do not need a dedicated building because they can be tucked out of the way when not in use. The line is being re-branded as “Wash-Bots.com” to immediately portray ‘Washing – Power-Machines & Modern Technology’.
Bitimec installs new SEP1000 Train Wash machine in Ft. Worth, Texas terminal.
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak is a passenger railroad service that provides medium and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States and to nine Canadian cities.
Founded in 1971 as a quasi-public corporation to operate many U.S. passenger rail routes, Amtrak receives a combination of state and federal subsidies but is managed as a for-profit organization. The United States government through the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation owns all the company’s issued and outstanding preferred stock. Amtrak’s headquarters is located one block west of Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states and 3 Canadian provinces, operating more than 300 trains daily over 21,400 miles of track.
In fiscal year 2018, Amtrak served 31.7 million passengers and had $3.4 billion in revenue, while employing more than 20,000 people. Nearly 87,000 passengers ride more than 300 Amtrak trains on a daily basis. Nearly two-thirds of passengers come from the 10 largest metropolitan areas; 83% of passengers travel on routes shorter than 400 miles.
Wash-Bots SEP1000 is a single-brush diesel-operated train wash system featuring all stainless-steel engine compartment, water tank, spray tubes and splash guards for extra long life and resistance to acid based detergents. The machine is completely autonomous and has a standard 320 gallon water tank. A 32 gallon acid-based detergent application circuit is available. The new operator cabin allows working in total comfort and safety. The height adjustable brush (24″ run), allows this machine to work on platform or track level. An optional second upper brush provides a finishing touch for the upper curved section of trains.
Mike Cleavinger of All Star Truck Wash in Lubbock TX, a longtime Bitimec Wash-Bots customer, will soon be opening a brand new location on Interstate 27. Mike’s new, state of the art location will be featuring TWO Bitimec battery powered Tanker-Truck Wash-Bots. The big machines sport a jumbo 5’3” diameter brush, and are as comfortable washing the odd contours of bulk transporters, as they are washing 53’ trailers (as seen in the before and after photos below).
“I’ve used a Bitimec Wash-Bot at my current location for years, and it has drastically reduced wash time and cost” says Mike. When these new units are filled with water, they weigh close to 3000lbs. But they are feather light to operate due to self-traction and Bitimec’s EZ ‘power-steering’ linkage. Four huge deep cycle batteries provide power for the traction wheel and push-button everything-else (brush-inclination, rinse-water, brush rotation and machine direction).
Mike goes on to say “First thing I did after signing the papers for our new location was order two self-powered tanker and trailer washers. We’re expecting a super busy location, and as with our first Bitimec Wash-Bot, we expect to measure ROI in months rather than in years”.
Bitimec will officially introduce the new 626 EZ Series III Wash-Bot at Bulk Transporter’s Tank Truck Week in Nashville TN starting September 30 to October 2. Come visit our Booth 908, to see how a single operator can focus the wash muscle equivalent of a dozen person strong wash crew, to wash MEGA vehicles from box trailers to Bulk Transporters in a fraction of the time!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Wash-Bots. We are here to answer any questions you may have about our machines, prices, and payment methods. Please reach out to us and we’ll respond as soon as we can.