TEN GREENPOWER ELECTRIC BUSES TO PORTERVILLE
GreenPower Motor Company has announced that the City of Porterville will deploy 10 of the company’s EV350 40-foot electric transit buses, as well as charging infrastructure including 11 charging stations, supported by a $9.5-million grant from the California Air Resources Board.
CARB’s award to Porterville was one of nine awards from the Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Program. Porterville Transit will operate all of the new buses on routes in disadvantaged communities – those most affected by air pollution. GreenPower is also locating a manufacturing facility in Porterville – it recently acquired 9 acres, where it plans to build a 150,000-square-foot facility.
GreenPower’s EV350 features a 320 kWh LiFePO4 battery pack and two 85 kW Siemens drive motors, and claims 185 miles of range. The bus is based on a flexible “clean sheet” design and uses a custom battery management system and a proprietary Flex Power system for the drive motors. Other components are provided by suppliers such as Knorr (brakes), ZF (axles) and Parker (dash and control systems).