Loveland, Colorado – Motorcoach provider ABC Cos., the U.S. distributer of Van Hool buses, is partnering with Colorado-based Lightning Systems to develop of zero-emission electric drivetrains. The companies will launch electric vehicles (EV) powertrain repower of Van Hool models, including a T2145 highline touring coach and a TDX high-capacity double-deck coach.
Motorcoaches operating in commuter services fleets in metropolitan localities are a prime candidate for repowering with electric drivetrains, as they eliminate on-road emissions while delivering enough range for typical daily duty cycles.
“A repower is a cost-effective and timely solution for operators,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems. “It is a dramatically lower cost solution for those looking to integrate an electric coach versus buying new and can also net significant operational savings associated with fuel and maintenance cost reductions.”
The ABC/Lightning Systems repower program is currently the only repower option available for coaches in the United States.
“Adding zero-emission capability to late model coaches is a solution that is good for operations, the environment and the bottom line for many customers,” said Roman Cornell, president and chief commercial officer, ABC Cos. “By converting from diesel to electric, we can extend the operational life of a quality motorcoach, while allowing customers to leverage their current investment in many of the parts, service, and training already in place to support their existing fleet.” Lightning Systems’ electric drivetrains include active thermal management of the batteries to ensure optimal performance and advanced regenerative braking technology to improves efficiency.
Lightning Analytics data capture and analysis technology gives fleet operators deep insight into the performance and health of the vehicles in their fleets.
“Our shared values, resources, skills, and assets mesh quite well,” Cornell said. “ABC and Lightning Systems are invested in the growth and potential this offering can bring to North American coach operations. We look forward to accelerating solutions for our customers looking to integrate zero-emission motorcoaches.”