Phoenix Motorcars has delivered a Z400 electric shuttle bus to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA). The shuttle, which was built on a Ford E-450 chassis powered by Phoenix, will serve the Tennessee Tech campus.
A team of faculty and graduate students worked hard to bring the electric shuttle to their campus. “Working with UCHRA, we fought through a lot of challenges and, in the end, showed our persistence and resiliency in making it happen,” said Pingen Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
UCHRA and Tennessee Tech plan to use the electric shuttle to provide on-campus transportation for Tech students, before eventually transitioning the vehicle for use throughout Cookeville.
The Phoenix Z400 shuttle is equipped with a 125 kWh battery pack offering up to 130-mile range, and can be charged in two to three hours using a 50 kW DC fast charger. Phoenix says each Z400 shuttle can reduce atmospheric emissions by 61 tons annually, while reducing maintenance costs by 75% and fuel costs by 80%, compared to a legacy fossil vehicle.
Phoenix has been in business for over a decade, and its zero-emission drive systems have logged over 4 million electric miles.
“We hope this collaboration sparks a new trend for green transportation in Tennessee and look forward to continuing our support of this project and our partners,” said Thomas Allen, ViP of Sales at Phoenix Motorcars.
Source: Phoenix Motorcars