May 2, 2016
RIVERSIDE, CA — Complete Coach Works (CCW) is excited to announce that Metro McAllen (McAllen) of McAllen, Texas, has been given the Transit Innovation Award by the Texas Transit Association during its 2016 Conference and Expo held in Waco, Texas.
During the April 26th Awards Luncheon, McAllen was recognized as a Texas transit agency leading standards in technological advancements, and in particular, its turn toward electric vehicles with the recent purchase of two CCW Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses.
The ZEPS buses are remanufactured, all-electric, battery plug-in buses, capable of a range of 150 miles on a single charge. The ZEPS system creates significant carbon savings by eliminating activities involved in manufacturing a new bus, as well as reducing the cost of maintenance and fuel. The McAllen all-electric buses are a collaboration between CCW and Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) to create a bus that would not only be environmentally friendly, but also effective for public transit use. WAVE technology transfers power through the air, from an embedded charging pad placed in the pavement, to the bus’s undercarriage 7 to 8 inches above the pad, minimizing the need for on-board power storage.
“It’s an honor to be a part of McAllen’s recognition as they shift toward a greener fleet,” said Dale Carson, President of CCW.
Transit Director of McAllen, Mario Delgado, stated it is “very rewarding when your agency is acknowledged by your colleagues and peers in the industry for the hard work and dedication to transit.” Delgado concluded, “We are excited to see how the technology performs and gets further developed, not only for the implications it has for the City of McAllen, but for the entire transportation industry moving forward.”
Carson mentioned that the award is significant because it “acknowledges that the transit industry is heading toward a more environmentally-conscious direction and we are proud to have assisted McAllen with this achievement.”
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Complete Coach Works (CCW) is the largest U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company and the leading provider of a vast array of transportation solutions with over 28 years of dedicated service in the transportation industry. CCW is a pioneer in the business and strives to continually provide cleaner air through innovative design and engineering, resulting in the world’s first and only remanufactured all-electric battery powered bus. Developed and integrated by CCW, the Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) technology provides customers a highly cost-effective alternative to green transportation, potentially revolutionizing the transportation industry while supporting the environment for future generations. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW provides an exceptionally experienced team of over 350 experts, committed to customer service and satisfaction.
The City of McAllen’s Transit Department (McAllen) was created in 2001 in order to manage and maintain Central Station, the City’s International Transit Terminal Facility. Metro McAllen currently operates seven (7) intercity bus routes and a paratransit bus service for eligible patrons. The bus system hubs out of the downtown terminal facility where passengers can connect to an array of international, national, regional and intercity destinations. The bus service days of operation are Monday through Saturday.
WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification) is a technology company based in Utah that develops high power wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles including transit and shuttle buses, fleet vehicles, streetcars, and off-road industrial vehicles. WAVE tackles the problem of heavy and expensive vehicle batteries through wireless power, transferring electricity between vehicle and roadway.
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