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21 All-Electric ZEPS Buses for IndyGo

December 8, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Complete Coach Works Installs All-Battery Drives
In Decade-Old Gillig Vehicles for Service in Indiana

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp – IndyGo – has purchased 21 used Gillig buses to be fitted with 100% battery electric drives by Complete Coach Works in Southern California. The all-electric ZEPS – zero emission propulsion system – buses will cost about $500,000 apiece, about half the price of a new battery bus, says IndyGo fleet manager Vicki Learn.

Southern California’s Complete Coach Works is installing 100% battery electric drives in 21 Gillig buses from 2001 and sending them for service with IndyGo in Indianapolis.

Southern California’s Complete Coach Works is installing 100% battery electric drives in 21 Gillig buses from 2001 and sending them for service with IndyGo in Indianapolis.


Even with fully new interiors and hotel accessories, the cost of a used bus “is typically half the cost of a new bus,” she says.

“Pretty much 50¢ on a dollar,” Learn told F&F.

The 21 ZEPS buses are being purchased under a $12.2 million contract.

CCW employs twin lithium iron phosphate battery backs on its ZEPS vehicles and a 120-horsepower/90-kilowatt continuous power AC induction motor. IndyGo is installing 480-volt, three-phase charging lines to power the vehicles’ onboard chargers.

‘A Minimum of 130 Miles’

The buses will charge when off-duty. “We’re expecting a minimum of 130 miles per charge,” Learn says, and as much as 150.

The buses being rebuilt by CCW are 40-foot, 2001-year Gilligs from a Southern California operator, Learn says. CCW handles acquisition of the base vehicles and thus deliver “from inventory,” according to marketing chief Celeste Casas.

The ZEPS bus “is a remanufactured transit bus saving customers hundreds of thousands of dollars,” CCW says, “a viable alternative to fossil fuels” to reduce oil imports and “also reduce fuel and maintenance costs of a bus operator.”

CCW got a big boost for its new ZEPS buses when the vehicle was featured on a Jay Leno’s Garage video spot (F&F, February 9, 2013).


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Source: Complete Coach Works with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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