Motiv Power Systems deployed its first electric trolley with the Town of Estes Park in Colorado, with one more planned. The town operates a free shuttle service during the peak summer tourism season and for several special annual events. Motiv supplied its Ford eQVM approved EPIC F-53 chassis and worked with Hometown Trolley, who designed and built the custom body.
With a capacity for 24 passengers and designed to hold enough battery charge for eight hours of service, trolleys electrified by Motiv are ideal for people moving services with predictable routes.
A small socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony took place earlier this month and included masked town staff and officials, including Mayor Wendy Koenig, who remarked that the two trolleys would save 3,456 gallons of fuel over one season. Given a 10,000 annual mile usage, with 104 miles per day, by switching from gasoline to electric they estimate a 30-metric ton C02 reduction.
Even as COVID-19 significantly slowed the travel industry, tourism’s carbon impact is undeniable, especially in the transportation sector. Motiv’s electric trolleys offer zero tailpipe emissions and reduce operation and maintenance costs by up to 85%, resulting in a significantly lower total cost of operation over the vehicle’s life, according to the company.