Ontario, Calif.-based Phoenix Motorcars reports delivery of the first of four fully battery electric shuttle buses to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The Zeus bus – for zero emissions utility shuttle – has a single-charge range of about 100 miles and is available with optional DC fast charging.
Each of the 14-pssenger, Ford E350/450-chassis vehicles is expected to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 tons of carbon dioxide per year as compared with a conventional diesel shuttle, Phoenix says.
In addition, the vehicles “will provide the campus with sizable savings in fueling and maintenance costs,” Phoenix president Steven Davis said in a release. “It is an all-around good solution for fleets.”
A Battery Flatbed Too
The vehicle has a Remy motor powered by a 105-kilowatt-hour lithium ion phosphate battery pack, says business development VP Mike Staran, who notes that the bus delivered to JPL is Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.
Michael Nieto is JPL fleet manager.
“Phoenix also has very recently launched an all-electric flatbed truck with 100-mile range, export power and vehicle-to-grid technology,” Staran says.
The truck offers a cost effective pollutant free solution to worksites and municipalities. Both vehicles offer unique options such as rapid charging as well as purchase or lease options,” he said.
“Phoenix is also doing some early stage work in the EV school bus market,” Staran told F&F.
‘We Will Be Around’
The Zeus bus is California Air Resource Board-approved and eligible for California HVIP cash incentives. Phoenix offers an eight-year/300,000-mile battery warranty and 24/7 technical support.
Phoenix Motorcars is the operating unit of Phoenix Cars LLC, a subsidiary of Dubai-based Al Yousuf LLC: “Well funded,” says Staran, “so no worries on whether we will be around in the future.”
“We stand behind the promise of our vehicles,” said Davis. “Our goal is to build relationships with our customers that last.”