The shuttle was built on a Ford E-450 chassis powered by Phoenix Motorcars and will serve UC Davis Medical Center, according to the company's news release.
This electric vehicle was funded in part by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District’s (Sac Metro Air District) incentive program.
“The District is happy to see regional incentive funds used for such an influential project,” said Raef Porter, climate change program manager. “The move to zero-emission shuttles on the UC Davis Med Center campus will have an immediate impact on local air quality and public health, and long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Phoenix Z400 shuttles are equipped with a 125-kWh battery pack offering up to 130-mile range and can be fully charged in approximately two to three hours with a 50-kW Level III charger. The Z400 shuttles, as compared to its equivalent fossil-fueled alternatives, will reduce atmospheric emissions by approximately 61 tons per vehicle annually, reduce maintenance costs by 75%, and fuel costs by 80%.
With 4 million all-electric miles driven on their zero-emission drive systems, Phoenix has experience and expertise in helping public and private fleets successfully deploy and adopt electric vehicles into their fleets, cleaning the air quality and providing clean, quiet, and safe zero-emission transportation and mobility for their companies and communities.
“Phoenix Motorcars is excited to bring a zero-emission shuttle bus to UC Davis,” said Thomas Allen, VP of sales for Phoenix Motorcars. “We’ve been a longtime supporter of the Sac Metro Air District’s efforts to help improve air quality in and around the Sacramento region. Zero-emission transportation and mobility are key factors to help create a sustainable future and it's great to see UC Davis going green with our electric shuttles. Our Phoenix Z400 all-electric shuttle offers a lower total cost of ownership for the University while lowering emissions and cleaning the air quality on and around their campus.”