COLTON, California, April 3, 2019— San Bernardino County’s City of Colton Electric Utility is due to receive its first all-electric zero emission utility truck from Phoenix Motorcars, on the heels of a record breaking 87 days of bad air quality in the summer of 2018.

San Bernardino County is ranked amongst the top counties with bad air quality given the recent rise in warehouses in the region that require constant freight movement. More than 75% of the goods imported to Southern California ports are transported by rail or road to distribution facilities throughout the county. To promote a clean, green community, and reduce atmospheric emissions, Colton’s Public Works Department will be utilizing the all-electric zero-emission utility truck to service irrigation around the City.

The all-electric zero-emission utility truck is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 tons of carbon dioxide per year as compared with a conventional utility truck of its size. This will prove helpful in achieving the city’s identified Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction target. The City of Colton aims to reduce its community GHG emissions to a level that is 15% below its 2008 GHG emissions level by 2020.

Aside from the many environmental benefits of utilizing electric vehicles, the Phoenix Motorcars Utility Trucks also offer significant cost benefits over the total life of the vehicle. “We provide our clients with substantial savings in fueling and maintenance costs”, says Emad Fakhoury, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars. “We are excited to partner with the City of Colton, forward-thinkers, whose goal is to promote sustainable transportation and reduce atmospheric emissions”, he continued.

“I am looking forward to city staff enjoying all the benefits I experience driving an all-electric car to work. It’s healthier for our environment and meets our sustainability goals. As a City we need to lead by example.” says Jessica Sutorus, Environmental Conservation Supervisor for the City of Colton.

The Phoenix Motorcars all electric zero emission utility truck is set to be delivered to Colton April, 2019.

Forest River, Creative Bus Sales & Phoenix Motorcars form a partnership to rollout zero emission electric shuttle & school buses.

Forest River Inc., Creative Bus Sales & Phoenix Motorcars have formed an alliance to jointly develop, build and distribute electric zero emission buses. As part of the agreement, Phoenix Motorcars will be the supplier of electric drivetrains for all zero-emission shuttle & school buses built by Forest River on the Ford E450 chassis with the Starcraft Bus body. Creative Bus Sales will be the exclusive factory representative for the range of products sold under this agreement.

Starcraft Bus, a division of Forest River Inc. is the largest shuttle bus builder in North America and is America’s fastest growing school bus manufacturer.

“Forest River is the leading shuttle bus manufacturer in the country and this partnership with Phoenix Motorcars enables us to maintain that edge. Matched with industry leading EV solutions from Phoenix Motorcars and the unparalleled network of Creative Bus Sales, switching to electric will be an easy & seamless process for customers,” says David Wright, President of Forest River Bus.

Creative Bus Sales, the largest dealer for buses in the US, will exclusively sell and service the new range of electric shuttle and school buses across their U.S. locations. Phoenix Motorcars will train and certify technicians across Creative locations to perform warranty repairs and service.  

“Together with Forest River and Phoenix Motorcars, we bring the most competent electric buses to our customers. Phoenix Motorcars is the industry leader in the Class 4 electric shuttle bus segment, we are excited to be working together and bringing best in class products supported by our superior sales & service network,” said Tony Matijevich, President of Creative Bus Sales on the partnership.

The shuttle & school buses will be powered by Phoenix’s latest electric drivetrain technology, offering up to 130 miles range on a single charge. The vehicles offer dual charging capability, compatible to both the Level III 50KW CHAdeMO charger and a J1772 Level II charger.

The versatility of the cutaway chassis will be retained with multiple seating configurations offered. The zero emission buses will also be equipped with state of the art telematics solutions, offering real time operating info for fleet owners and remote diagnostics for service.

Emad Fakhoury, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars said, “The synergy between Forest River, Creative Bus Sales and Phoenix Motor Cars will bring the best electric powered transportation solutions to customers across the United States.

Phoenix is continuing to invest in developing cutting edge electric drivetrain technologies and with such great alliance will accelerate the advancement of zero emission transportation.”

Phoenix Motorcars powered Starcraft electric buses will reach customers starting Q2 2019. A large number of buses are scheduled for delivery, including 29 for the US EPA funded South Coast Air Quality Management District project to electrify shuttles across key airports in Southern California.