Santa Clara VTA Orders GILLIG Electric Hybrid Buses

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has signed an agreement to procure a fleet of GILLIG buses equipped with the Allison eGen Flex electric hybrid propulsion system.

This is the largest and most recent order in the US for buses equipped with Allison’s electric hybrid eGen Flex system.

Santa Clara VTA Hybrid Buses
The eGen Flex is the next generation of Allison’s proven H 40/50 EP™ electric hybrid propulsion system
Rohan Barua, Allison Transmission Vice President NA Sales said:

“As the largest order of eGen Flex-equipped buses to date, Allison’s partnership with VTA marks a major milestone in our efforts to equip public transit agencies with next-generation propulsion solutions that reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

“We’re proud to support VTA in its commitment to provide Santa Clara residents with American-made environmentally friendly transportation solutions that are proven and backed by a company that’s been serving the North America transit market since 1947.”

The eGen Flex can operate in engine-off mode for up to 50 percent of a transit bus’s daily cycle. The buses are able to run in electric-only mode for up to 10 miles or 50 minutes, multiple times per route and per day.

To optimise the benefits of this capability, the system’s geofencing technology allows agencies to set designated zero-emission zones to eliminate engine emissions and noise while loading and unloading passengers, in dense pedestrian areas, in environmentally sensitive areas and at bus depots.

Jim Wilhelm, Manager of Engineering, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority said:

“At VTA, our goal is to provide sustainable, accessible transportation options to the community. We look forward to integrating the new buses into our fleet to continue to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Pacific Power Group, located in San Leandro, California, will provide local service support, warranty, parts and training for the buses delivered under this contract.

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