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GILLIG's Next-Generation Battery Electric Bus

by Bus Tours Magazine

GILLIG LLC, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in North America, today announced the availability of a next-generation energy storage system for its battery electric bus. The new storage system provides up to 686 kWh of available energy, the largest capacity in a North American transit bus.

“We recognized how critical range was to our customers, so we performed an extensive market search to identify a system that provides maximum range for those customers who need it, while also providing for modularity for those with shorter duty cycles,” said Ben Grunat, GILLIG Vice President of Product Planning & Strategy. “The new battery delivers a 32 percent increase in onboard energy capacity and therefore a significantly longer range for our customers.”

GILLIG selected AKASOL, a leading manufacturer of high-performance battery systems, for its next-generation battery. With available configurations of 490 kWh, 588 kWh and 686kWh, together with the largest selection of available charging options, GILLIG can configure the bus to meet any agency’s requirements. GILLIG is partnering with Cummins, who provides the bus’s highly efficient and reliable powertrain system to integrate and validate the new batteries with the bus ahead of the 2023 production start date.

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