New ‘Synapse 72’ Said to Be the First of Its Kind
GreenPower Motor is talking up its fully battery-powered Synapse 72 as “North America’s first purpose-built, all-electric school bus, and the only all-electric, Type-D school bus on the market.”
It’s also the first clean-sheet Type D bus for the U.S. in 30 years and “the only clean sheet design/purpose-built battery electric school bus available anywhere in the world,” the company says.
Single-charge range of GreenPower’s Synapse 72 is stated at 140 miles with 200-kilowatt-hour lithium battery pack, or 75 miles with 100-kilowatt-hour pack.
Proprietary Design and Chassis
GreenPower has been making the rounds of California school districts with the Synapse 72.
As a vehicle OEM, GreenPower “integrates components designed specifically for its buses into the company’s proprietary design and chassis.
“This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements,” states a release.
“Best-in-breed global suppliers for key components include Siemens for the drive motors, Knorr for the brakes, ZF for the axles, and Parker for the dash and control systems,” states a release. A spec sheet also mentions T44/Prestolite as a drive motor supplier.
Brendan Riley, formerly with BYD, is president of Vancouver-based GreenPower Motor.
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