Allison Transmission and Alexander Dennis are working together to develop efficient, powerful electric buses. A first step in this strategic alliance is Allison’s new ABE Series electric powertrain systems for low-floor bus applications, which will premiere with the Foothill Transit launch order for Alexander Dennis’ interurban and commuter Enviro500 3-axle double decker buses in North America.
The announcement of this collaboration was made at the Advanced Clean Technology Expo in Long Beach, California. The electric Enviro500 double deckers have the same footprint as a conventional single-decker bus and can carry up to 86 seated passengers. “Allison has a long history with the bus and transit market utilizing our electric hybrid system. This is the next evolution of electrification in this market, and we are pleased to meet the needs and expectations of our customers,” said David Graziosi, President and CEO of Allison Transmission. “We are delighted to collaborate with Allison on our first electric double decker order in North America for Foothill Transit,” said Robert Davey, President, Alexander Dennis. ADL’s North American division dates back to 2005 when ADI was formed.
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