The electric buses are completely refurbished Gilligs, each with a set of 12 Lithium-Ion, also known as Lithium Cobalt batteries, a three-phase 480 watt motor and the new Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS). The buses were rebuilt with lightweight flooring, lightweight seats, low resistance tires, and energy-efficient heating and cooling all to ensure a range of 130 miles on a single battery charge. They’re smoother to drive, quieter (no loud diesel engine sound), and far more efficient than any other bus in our fleet.
The electric buses operate at 1/4 the cost of a traditional diesel bus, costing only $.15 per mile on average. In addition to the electric buses, IndyGo has installed a one megawatt solar panel system on its garage roof, thanks to a $3 million State of Good Repair Grant. The solar panels will help offset the cost to charge the electric buses, further reducing operating cost.