Complete Coach Works (CCW) has delivered two Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses that include a wireless charging system from Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) to the City of McAllen’s Transit Department in McAllen, Texas.
“The fact that it’s a refurbished bus with a chassis we currently operate in our fleet makes it practical in terms of interchangeability of parts; it’s a great benefit to us. The ZEPS bus produces zero emissions; it’s all around better for the environment,” says Mario Delgado, transit director for McAllen.
The rehabbed buses cost a fraction of what a new all-electric bus would cost, helping minimize the budget and environmental impact. The two ZEPS buses are also five feet longer than the current buses in the McAllen fleet, permitting a larger capacity limit.
“The response from the drivers and those that have looked at it so far has been very good. They are excited about how quiet and smooth the ride is. It’s a different tune,” adds Delgado.
McAllen will have a rollout ceremony on Jan. 28 at the McAllen Bus Terminal, located at 1501 W. Highway 83.