Los Angeles Airport’s First Battery Electric Shuttle Bus
Phoenix Cars says it’s provided the first all-electric shuttle bus for operation at LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport.
The Zeus vehicle – for zero emissions utility shuttle – has a single-charge range of about 100 miles and is expected to meet a two-shift day schedule, seven days a week, the company says, making for “an immediate fuel and maintenance savings” while reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60 tons.
The Ford E350/450-chassis bus has a Remy traction motor powered by a 105-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack, says Phoenix sales VP Mike Staran.
‘A Game-Changing Lease’
The attraction? “The fact that it operates like our other shuttles and the competitive lease cost included in the total cost of ownership was the reason to utilize battery electric” says Russell Miller, senior manager for 105 Airport Parking, which is managed by SP+ Transportation, part of SP+ Corp.
“We offer a game changing lease, which offers the customer an immediate payback, as well as a guarantee on reliability,” Phoenix president Steven Davis said in the LAX announcement.
Customers Like It
“We are planning to see what the real-world battery like is before we commit to more electric vehicles, but we have had good experience so far,” Miller told F&F.
“The reaction from our customers has been very positive.”
The Zeus bus, available via lease or purchase, is California Air Resource Board-approved and eligible for the agency’s HVIP cash incentives of $60,000 to $90,000, Phoenix says.
DC fast charging is optional.
Phoenix notes that the vehicle will be shown at the IPI/International Parking Institute Conference and Expo in Las Vegas June 29-July 2.
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