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GILLIG’s New Battery Electric Bus Previewed at Customer Showcase

Updated: May 27, 2020

Published by Mass Transit Magazine: Read the article.

May 6, 2019

May 3, 2019

Livermore, Calif.

GILLIG previewed their zero-emission battery electric bus on April 30 at their Livermore facility to an audience of 180 customers and transit professionals from around the nation.

In May, GILLIG and Cummins will officially launch the 40’ GILLIG Battery Electric Bus at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus & Paratransit Mobility Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This bus, powered by Cummins, is available for order for delivery in 2020.

“We are thrilled today to showcase our new zero-emission battery electric bus,” said Derek Maunus, GILLIG President and CEO. “The GILLIG Battery Electric Bus is designed to fit in seamlessly with our customers’ existing fleets, and it complements our portfolio of clean-energy vehicles, allowing us to continue to support our customers with the best transit buses no matter their propulsion requirements. Additionally, our partnership with Cummins enables us to offer our customers an unmatched nationwide service and support network.”

Attendees at the GILLIG Battery Electric Bus Showcase were treated to rides on the battery electric bus, demonstrations and various breakout sessions with GILLIG’s strategic business partners, Cummins and ChargePoint.

“We’ve been partners with GILLIG for a long time,” noted attendee Donna DeMartino, Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, “and we are thrilled that a manufacturer of GILLIG’s stature and experience has entered the battery electric market with their offering. I was amazed by the quality, design and safety features of the bus, and it was wonderful to see the detailed strategy that went into its design and planning. I was also impressed by GILLIG’s honesty. In all our dealings with GILLIG, they have always been consistent and honest, never overpromising.”

AC Transit General Manager, Mike Hursh, remarked, “Because it’s a GILLIG, we have great confidence in the quality of this Battery Electric Bus. With GILLIG’s integrity, reliability and easily accessible engineering and technical support, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

“Cummins is excited that many of GILLIG’s loyal customers are able to get a sneak peek at our best-in-class fully electric bus solution,” said Julie Furber, Vice President – Electrified Power, Cummins. “With GILLIG, we’ve partnered to create a quality, dependable battery electric system that truly meets the needs of our customers. We’re ready to get the Cummins-powered GILLIG bus into their hands and on the road.”

As California transit professionals strive to meet the state’s mandate requiring 100% zero-emission fleets by 2040, GILLIG’s zero-emission battery electric buses are available to help meet those goals. Because of its exclusive partnership with Cummins, GILLIG has first access to the Cummins electrified powertrain system for heavy-duty transit buses. In addition, GILLIG has partnered with ChargePoint, the leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, to provide customized charging solutions that strategically manage each customer's unique energy and cost requirements.

GILLIG is taking orders for the 40’ GILLIG Battery Electric Bus, powered by Cummins. Sales inquiries for the bus can be directed to

Note: Media are invited to join Maunus and Furber for the unveiling of the GILLIG zero-emission battery electric bus at 11 AM EST on Monday, May 20 at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus & Paratransit Mobility Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The event will take place at the GILLIG bus display on 4th Street.


GILLIG is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States. GILLIG offers a portfolio of clean energy propulsions ranging from battery electric and diesel to natural gas and hybrid electric, all designed on the proven GILLIG Low Floor platform to maximize fleet commonality. Since 1890, our dedicated employees have been supporting customers and delivering on promises to improve quality of life through transformative mass transit solutions. From initial design through final assembly, each GILLIG bus is designed and built by American workers in Livermore, California, who are committed to building and supporting the safest and most reliable transit buses in the United States. GILLIG buses are known for their unmatched quality and have earned their reputation as the lowest-cost buses to maintain and operate. Our products help reduce congestion, contribute to a cleaner environment and provide mobility to all. GILLIG is also proud to create American jobs and recycle tax dollars back into the community to further support public transportation. Further information about GILLIG can be found at

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity.  Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and over 7,600 dealer locations and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion in 2018. See how Cummins is powering a world that’s Always On by accessing news releases and more information at Follow Cummins on Twitter at and on YouTube at

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, with more than 64,000 places to charge on its network around the world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices located across Europe, ChargePoint provides businesses, fleets, cities, agencies and service providers with charging solutions and services in every category EVs require charging, at home, work, around town and on the road. ChargePoint’s smart networked technology enables drivers to locate charging stations, start a charging session and monitor their session through the ChargePoint mobile app, creating a seamless experience for EV drivers. For businesses, ChargePoint’s comprehensive portfolio allows stations owners and hosts to track costs, manage charging assets, and deploy energy management solutions tailored for their needs. To date, ChargePoint drivers have completed more than 53 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 58 million gallons of gasoline and driving more than 1.3 billion gas-free miles on dispensed energy.

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Arminder Dhillon

GILLIG Publications Director



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