Texas Agency to Host A Rollout Ceremony on Thursday
Complete Coach Works said Tuesday that it’s delivered two of its refurbished ZEPS/ zero emission propulsion system all-electric buses to Metro McAllen in McAllen, Texas. The transaction includes an inductive wireless advanced vehicle electrification system by Utah’s Wave.
“The fact that it’s a refurbished bus with a chassis we currently operate in our fleet makes it practical in terms of interchangeability of parts,” McAllen transit director Mario Delgado says in the CCW release. “It’s a great benefit to us,” he said. “The ZEPS bus produces zero emissions; it’s all around better for the environment.”
The two ZEPS buses will reduce the cost of maintenance and fuel, And, they are five feet longer than the current buses in the McAllen fleet, permitting a larger capacity limit.
Used Gillig Chassis from CCW’s TSI Affiliate
The Gillig-chassis buses refurbished and electrified for Metro McAllen were supplied by TSI, CCW’s Transit Sales International affiliate.
Wave’s inductive charging equipment “transfers power through the air,” states a Wave release on the McAllen buses, from an embedded charging pad placed in the pavement to the vehicle’s undercarriage 7 to 8 inches above, “minimizing the need for on-board power storage.”
In-Route Charging Saves Time, Reduces Need for Batteries
“It will allow us to charge our buses while they are in service,” Delgado says in the Wave release. The battery bus “will be idle while it’s stopped over the pad, but we won’t have to pull the bus out of service to charge it.
“We will be able to complete one full day with the inductive charging, so it’s just very convenient. We will give our bus the range it needs during a whole day without disturbing our service.
“The Wave in-route charging roughly doubles the range of the bus on a given day,” Delgado says.
Wave says that an embedded charging pad has been placed in the asphalt at one of the McAllen stops so that the bus route will be unchanged. The embedded pads measure about three feet square. They “are flat and seamlessly blend with the asphalt causing no harm to anyone/anything that pass over it.”
Rollout Ceremony Tomorrow
“The bus will arrive over the charging pad every hour, initiating a layover of about 10-15 minutes so that the bus can charge, causing no disruption to the route,” Delgado said.
The City of McAllen is hosting a rollout ceremony for the battery buses at the McAllen Bus Terminal on Thursday, January 28.
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Source: Complete Coach Works & Wave with Fleets & Fuels followup