As the world’s first and only of its kind, the remanufactured ZEPS buses are rebuilt with lightweight flooring, lightweight seats, low resistance tires, energy-efficient heating and cooling to ensure a range of 130 miles on a single battery charge. Each 40-foot electric bus carries 36 seated passengers plus standees and is equipped with air operated doors, brakes, suspension, hydraulic power-steering, stainless steel bike racks and LED lighting.
“With the industry’s current drive towards developing efficient green technology, it is exciting to be able to provide transportation agencies a way to double their fleets or reduce their purchasing cost to half, both within the same budget,” said CCW VP Richard Sullivan.
The ZEPS powered buses create significant lifecycle carbon savings by eliminating activities involved in manufacturing a new bus. CCW’s clean all-electric ZEPS drive system replaces the original drive system on existing traditional diesel buses, resulting in operational savings that benefit the environment.
IndyGo will receive what will be the country’s largest remanufactured electric fleet at a fraction of the cost, helping the Indianapolis residents and visitors reach their destinations on cutting edge, clean technology vehicles.
ZEPS electric buses also reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil; use electricity from the grid, a renewable energy source; serve as a viable alternative to fossil fuels; and eliminate hazardous waste and reduce air pollution.
“This project is coming at a time when our ridership is at a record high, with over 10 million trips in 2014. The project is another opportunity to show the forward thinking and progressive work being done, creating more interest in public transportation,” said Mike Birch, chief operating officer at IndyGo.
With recent recognition by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for Advancement of Air Pollution Technology and by BusCon for Best Green Initiative, CCW is confident the ZEPS powered buses will pave the way and advance the goals of transportation providers to protect their communities and the environment.