Energy Capacity Boosted 20% with No Weight Penalty
Complete Coach Works reports an upgrade to the lithium ion battery packs for its ZEPS/zero emission propulsion system for refurbished transit buses – to 365 kilowatts-hours from the initial 311 kilowatt-hours.
“This increase comes with no weight penalty, with the pack still weighing under 4,000 pounds,” the company says, “maintaining ZEPS’ status as the industry’s lightest electric battery system.”
CCW refurbishes and repowers buses at its Riverside, Calif. location, upgrading them with ZEPS electric battery technology. Operators can opt to purchase newly refurbished buses from CCW’s inventory or have their existing fleet converted to all-electric.
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Using lithium ion batteries and liquid cooled all-electric drive systems, “the unmatched performance of ZEPS provides an excellent operating range with a significant reduction to fuel costs and environmental impacts,” states a release.
“Our company is committed to providing the transit industry with the most advanced technology, and this upgrade will pave the road for other agencies to notice the benefits of converting their fleets to electric,” ZEPS sales manager Ryne Shetterly says in the release. “We were able to keep the battery pack light,” he said.
The new battery technology is being retrofitted into the first CCW ZEPS all-electric transit bus supplied to Washington State’s Ben Franklin Transit (F&F, February 9, 2013).
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Source: Complete Coach Work with Fleets & Fuels follow-up