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.
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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