McAllen Metro recognized for innovative technology
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.”