EVAmerica will concurrently design and build a new 22-foot low-floor electric bus. The prototype bus will have two doors and seat 19-passengers. All buses manufactured by EVAmerica will meet the American’s for Disabilities Act by including tie-downs for one wheel-chair.
As much as possible, EVAmerica will use strong and lightweight materials in all its products. Additionally, EVAmerica will make every effort to reduce gear noise and accessory system noise to create the quietest bus in the United States.
EVAmerica will, initially, develop four models of electric and hybrid-electric buses, utilizing the prototype as a standard, as follows;
The EV70 will be an electric 22-foot bus with a 70 kWh battery. This bus, in a typical shuttle operation, should be able to operate between 70-90 miles per charge. For those familiar with the Electric Bus Shuttle operated in Chattanooga and Santa Barbara, the EV70 would replicate this type of vehicle.
The EV70i will be an electric 22-foot bus with a 70 kWh that is integrated with the Wampfler inductive power transfer system. The IPT system permits the electric bus to receive a charge while it is picking up/discharging passengers or during a layover of the operator.
The EV20h will be a series hybrid-electric 22-foot bus with a small 20 kWh battery that will be engine dominant. This vehicle will typically operate with the engine running and although not as quiet or clean as an electric or hybrid-electric bus with a larger battery, this vehicle typifies the type of hybrid-electric bus available in the United States.
The EV70h will be a hybrid-electric 22-foot bus with a 70 kWh battery that will be capable of operating for longer periods of time on electricity only. This vehicle could be driven to an area some distance from the garage and then operated on batteries for a longer period of time.
EVAmerica will coordinate closely with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, the Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment (CETE), and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) during the development of the four models. Additionally,EVAmerica will coordinate with the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to develop programs that will permit students to be included in the development of new models of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.
The company will also be developing a family of designs that can be powered with a number on electric power systems and hybrid electric systems from internal combustion engines to hydrogen fuel cells. These products will be developed by EVAmerica; in the near future, however, it is important that the organization develop a base core of competency in the electric and hybrid-electric vehicle industry through the manufacturing and assembly of quality electric and hybrid-electric buses prior to expanding into other vehicles; regardless of how tempting that may be. It is important that EVAmerica maintain a focus on its core products until such time that the company can expand without negative impact on its core business.