CCW Completes First 60-Foot Battery Electric Bus Rehabilitation

Complete Coach Works (CCW) announced that it has completed the nation’s first conversion of a 60-foot diesel-powered articulated bus to a battery-electric bus for TriMet.

CCW has combined the Voith Electric Drive System (VEDS) with CCW’s own Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) battery technology to solve the challenge of converting to electric in a 60ft articulated transit bus .

Since 2012, CCW has converted over 70, 30, 35, and 40 foot fossil fuel-powered transit buses to battery-electric buses. The company offers 403 kWh and 504 kWh NMC lithium-ion batteries.

CCW now offers customers a 605kWh NMC lithium-ion battery and powertrain solution to support larger and heavier vehicles that will easily carry their much higher passenger loads.

CCW has converted a 2007 New Flyer 60-foot articulated diesel-powered transit bus into a battery-electric bus. The project included a complete restoration of TriMet’s bus, known as the Desert Rose, to like-new condition with the NMC ZEPS 605 kWh lithium-ion battery and VEDS powertrain.

“We’ve worked with TriMet in the past to convert three 40-foot low-floor transit buses to battery-electric buses, but this was the first time we faced a 60-foot articulated bus, which requires more storage. energy than any previous conversion,” said CCW Regional Sales Manager Jim Paul. “We have once again proven ourselves in this achievement and thank our project partners. Advanced CCW batteries combined with VEDS provide the bus with a significantly longer operating range while maintaining its lifespan.

Keeping low-floor, high-traffic buses running and looking like new

Articulated buses not only carry more passengers, but generally offer a lower-floor design that provides greater passenger accessibility. TriMet’s 14-year-old refurbished bus not only features new lightweight passenger seats, flooring, new branding and exterior and interior LED lighting, it also provides a new ramp ADA Compliant Wheelchair Mount for faster passenger boarding.

“Our process significantly extends the life of the bus while providing a much quieter, emission-free ride for Portland commuters,” Paul said. “The teamwork between CCW, TriMet and Voith not only raises the bar for TriMet in achieving its green initiatives, but paves the way for more agencies to adopt retrofitted electric buses as part of their fleets. .”

TriMet has begun extensive testing and evaluation of this inaugural 60-foot model on a Portland Metro expressway where the bus is already proving its reliability, according to TriMet.

“TriMet is proud to partner with CCW in our quest to be the transit agency leading the renewable energy campaign, and Desert Rose has been a shining star – a giant of a rose. performance of this 60ft articulated bus is incredible and we look forward to a continued partnership with CCW,” said Samuel Rumhizha, Bus Maintenance Manager, TriMet.

Melvin Z. Madore