Ford F59 Chassis for All-Electric Starcraft-Body e-Quest XL
Takes Creative’s GAS Unit Into the Electric Vehicles Market
Motiv Power Systems, stating that it’s “continuing to demonstrate its collaborative approach to greening America’s fleets,” said yesterday that it’s working with Creative Bus Sales on a new 100% battery electric school bus. The “e-Quest XL” vehicle on Ford F59 chassis with Starcraft body is to be able to carry up to 48 passengers with a single-charge range of up to 85 miles.
The new battery school bus is to be able to take a 50% charge in two hours.
“Developing more options for all-electric school buses offers more opportunities for school districts to reduce harmful pollutants near children who are especially vulnerable to health impacts from diesel emissions,” Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz said in a release.
Playing with the Big Boys
Motiv describes Starcraft Bus as North America’s largest and fastest growing shuttle bus company, stating too that Starcraft’s top-selling dealer is Creative, “the nation’s largest bus dealership with multiple sales and service locations throughout the United States.”
The new partnership will allow Creative’s Chino, Calif.-based Green Alternative Systems unit to add Motiv to its portfolio of alternative fuel systems for fleets.
“After making our mark with compressed natural gas upfits, we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Motiv and offer an all-electric option to our customers,” GAS GM Mark Matijevich says in the Motiv release.
There Is No ‘One-Size-Fits-All’
“Greening the nation’s fleets is not a one-size-fits-all solution; between CNG, propane and now an all-electric option, we continue to guide schools and commercial fleets towards the best options to fit their operational needs while reducing their carbon footprints,” Matijevich said.
Motive notes that in addition to the Ford F59, its all-electric upfit packages are available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier COE2 class 8 chassis.
“Like the F59,” states the battery school bus release, “these configurations include all of the components needed to transform a chassis from fossil-fuel-powered to zero-emission all-electric drive including batteries, electric motors, a universal charger, and electric power for auxiliary systems.
“The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.”
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Source: Motiv Power Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up