First in the East to Operate Refurbished Battery-Electric Buses
Maryland’s TransIT Services of Frederick County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 5 to inaugurate its fleet of five 35-foot, 100% battery-electric buses with ZEPS drivelines by Complete Coach Works. updated April 12
ZEPS stands for Zero-Emissions Propulsion System. CCW announced the TransIT sale late last year (F&F, January 5).
The buses are 1999 vehicles built by Gillig.
The cost of the five ZEPS buses and charging stations is being covered by a combination of FTA/Federal Transit Administration, MTA/ Transit Administration and local grant funding.
Four More Per Year?
“The ZEPS technology will benefit the Frederick community by reducing air pollution, providing a quieter ride while running on county roads and city streets, and saving the county money on fuel costs and maintenance,” states a CCW release.
“We will evaluate the electric bus performance and cost savings regularly. If they prove to be all we expect, we hope to order additional electric buses over each of the next four years if funding is available,” division director Nancy Norris says in the CCW release.
Laying in the Charging Infrastructure
That could amount to four more ZEPS for TransIT over each of the next four fiscal years, the company says.
TransIT has installed a transformer and electric conduit for 20 charging stations although it’s initially installing ten charging units. “Laying the conduit was inexpensive but will save money later on if we need to add more stations,” Norris told F&F.
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Source: Complete Coach Works with Fleets & Fuels follow-up