Elk Grove, CA Orders Hybrid-Electric Buses

y of Elk Grove, California Approves the Purchase of Gasoline-Powered Hybrid-Electric Bus Fleet Supplied by the Team of Complete Coach Works and ISE Corporation

Published: 25-Aug-2004

Elk Grove, CA — The City of Elk Grove, California today announced that it has approved the purchase of 17 buses from Complete Coach Works (CCW) of Riverside, CA, using hybrid-electric drive systems supplied by ISE Corporation of San Diego, CA.  On June 16, 2004, the Elk Grove City Council approved a $7.3 million contract with CCW for the purchase of a fleet of 17 remanufactured Gillig buses using ISE’s gasoline powered ThunderVolt? hybrid drive system. 

Elk Grove’s creative approach to meeting its transit needs will enable it to acquire buses using the world’s cleanest commercially-available engine technology faster, and at a lower cost, than purchasing new hybrid buses.  In his recommendation to the Elk Grove Mayor and City Council, Transit Manager Christian T. Kent stated “The benefits of this selection are that emissions of particulate matter are virtually non-existent, and emissions of NOx are more than 7 times lower than the standard compressed natural gas (CNG) engine.”  ( “NOx” refers to oxides of nitrogen, a key constituent of smog).

Under the creative partnership between ISE and CCW, ISE will supply fully integrated hybrid-electric drive assemblies to CCW, which will then install the assemblies into transit buses as part of its remanufacturing process.  The ISE hybrid assemblies will be identical to those ISE sells to bus manufacturers for installation into new vehicles.  According to Macy Neshati, CCW Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “CCW is delighted to offer ISE’s hybrid-electric drive system as an option for repowering of our customers’ vehicles.”

The Elk Grove order, in which CCW will install the ISE drive system into Gillig 40-foot buses, represents the second sizable order for ISE’s gasoline hybrid drive system in the past year.  The city of Long Beach ordered 27 New Flyer buses using the ISE gasoline hybrid system in mid-2004, and holds options to purchase 80 more.  Several other California cities are expected to buy buses using ISE’s gasoline hybrid system within the next few months, as it is the only non-gaseous alternative to diesel fueled buses certified by the California Air Resources Board.  For municipalities whose air quality problems are not as severe, ISE also offers a diesel-fueled variant of its hybrid system.  But the gasoline hybrid system, using an ultra-low emission (ULEV-rated) Ford engine, is the only commercially available propulsion system for buses that produces zero particulate matter and meets 2007 EPA standards for emissions of NOx.

ISE Corporation, based in San Diego, is a leading supplier of hybrid drive systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles such as buses, trucks, trams, airport equipment, and military vehicles.  ISE is a world leader in electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell technologies, and the U.S. distributor for Siemens ELFA? electric and hybrid-electric drive components.  For more information on ISE and its high-performance, environmentally friendly vehicle products, please contact Mr. Tom Bartley, Director of Marketing at (619) 287-8785, or visit www.isecorp.com.

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