Electric Buses

IndyGo Electric BusIn 2013, IndyGo received a $10 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to purchase 21 electric buses, giving us the largest fleet in the country!

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.

IndyGo Electric Bus InteriorThe 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.