FOSTER CITY, Calif., Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing to demonstrate its collaborative approach to greening America's fleets, Motiv Power Systems and Creative Bus Sales, Inc announced they will partner on a new all-electric school bus. Called the Starcraft e-Quest XL, the zero-emission school bus will use the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, a Ford F59 chassis and Starcraft body. Features of the e-Quest XL bus include passenger capacity of up to 48, a range of up to 85 miles, 50 percent charge within 2 hours, among others.
"Developing more options for all-electric school buses offers more opportunities for school districts to reduce harmful pollutants near children who are especially vulnerable to health impacts from diesel emissions," said Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz. "We're thrilled to be working with Creative Bus Sales to help improve conditions for students' health, save districts on fuel costs, and support California's environmental goals."
Starcraft Bus is North America's largest and fastest growing shuttle bus company. Starcraft's top selling dealer is Creative Bus Sales, the nation's largest bus dealership with multiple sales and service locations throughout the United States. This partnership will also allow Chino, CA based Green Alternative Systems (GAS), the largest fleet conversion company in North America, to add Motiv to its portfolio of available alternative fuel systems for fleets across the country.
"After making our mark with compressed natural gas upfits, we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Motiv and offer an all-electric option to our customers," said Mark Matijevich, General Manager of GAS. "Greening the nation's fleets is not a one-size-fits-all solution; between CNG, propane and now an all-electric option, we continue to guide schools and commercial fleets towards the best options to fit their operational needs while reducing their carbon footprints."
In addition to the Ford F59 chassis, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has upfit packages available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier COE2 class 8 chassis. Like the F59 All-Electric Powertrain, these configurations include all of the components needed to transform a chassis from fossil-fuel-powered to zero-emission all-electric drive including batteries, electric motors, a universal charger, and electric power for auxiliary systems. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle's manufacture.
Named one of Popular Science's Best of What's New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been used in school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, maintenance trucks and North America's only all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago.
ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS
Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
ABOUT CREATIVE BUS SALES
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Creative Bus Sales is the nation's largest bus dealership, representing over 20 top manufacturers in multiple strategic locations across the country. With hundreds of units in stock, Creative offers new and used bus sales, online parts ordering, service, warranty, in-house financing, and alternative fuel conversions, including CNG, propane and electric. Visit us at CreativeBusSales.com or on social media: Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
ABOUT GREEN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS
Green Alternative Systems (GAS), the largest commercial alternative fuel upfitter in North America. GAS is dedicated to designing and installing the highest quality natural gas, propane, hybrid, and electric fuel systems for the transit and fleet industries. A participant of the Ford QVM program, with an educated and well-trained team of sales and service personnel located at facilities across the country, GAS offers fuel systems for buses, trucks, and commercial vehicles. Visit us at GreenAlternativeSystems.com.
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