Complete Coach Works (CCW), a U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company, says that it has been chosen to provide the Indianapolis International Airport (IAA) with six Zero-Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS), all-electric, 35-foot remanufactured buses.
According to CCW, this will be the largest fleet of electric buses at any airport in the U.S.
As reported, the IAA is utilizing a zero-emissions vehicle Federal Aviation Administration grant that is designed to reduce emissions from airport-owned vehicles and facilitate the use of zero-emissions technologies at airports across the country.
According to Mario Rodriguez, IAA executive director, “IAA is thrilled to work with Complete Coach Works through this process, resulting in our procurement of six all-electric buses to shuttle our visitors from their various parking places to our terminal. By spring of 2017, with the implementation of these new vehicles, over half our fleet will be electric, significantly lessening our dependence on their diesel predecessors.”
Rodriguez continues, “Sustainability remains one of the fundamental goals of the IAA; we take great pride in this accomplishment and hope it sends a clear signal to other airports throughout North America that sustainability and good business practice can often fit hand in hand.”
Ryne Shetterly, ZEPS sales manager, concludes, “Not only is this great news for Complete Coach Works and the ZEPS program, but by purchasing six rebuilt all-electric buses, IAA is sending a clear message to fleets across the country that they are ready to take the initiative to begin adopting zero-emissions technology.”
CCW says the project is currently in the beginning stages, and the buses are scheduled to be delivered to the IAA in the third and fourth quarters of this year.