Allison Transmission says Santa Clara (CA) Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has selected GILLIG buses equipped with the Allison eGen Flex electric hybrid propulsion system for its fleet of transit buses.
The eGen Flex is the next generation of Allison’s proven H 40/50 EP electric hybrid propulsion system, which has been in the transit market since 2003. The system can operate in full engine-off mode up to 50% of the daily duty cycle of a transit bus. It is capable of operating in electric-only mode for up to 10 miles or 50 minutes, multiple times per route and per day.
Also, the system’s geofencing technology allows agencies to set designated zero-emission zones, eliminating engine emissions and noise while loading and unloading passengers in dense pedestrian areas, environmentally sensitive areas and bus depots.
“At VTA, our goal is to provide sustainable, accessible transportation options to the community,” says Jim Wilhelm, manager of engineering. “We look forward to integrating the new buses into our fleet to continue to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Pacific Power Group, an Allison distributor located in San Leandro, Calif., will provide local service support, warranty, parts and training.