March 9, 2017 - New York State Makes History by Placing Trans Tech's All-Electric New-York-Made eSeries on State Contract

School Transportation News

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Trans Tech President, John Phraner (right) and National Sales Manager, Erickson Lopez (left), at Trans Tech’s manufacturing facility in Warwick, NY where the Trans Tech eSeries, built on the Ford E-450 chassis with an all-electric power train developed by Motiv Power Systems, is produced.

Warwick, NY – Trans Tech announced today that their all-electric eSeries is the first New-York-made all-electric school bus to earn a spot on New York’s Type-A school bus contract.  School districts, for the first time in state history, can now purchase a New-York-made all-electric school bus from state contract, with the eSeries just one of two electric school buses earning the state’s approval for purchase.

“It is truly a pioneering milestone to be among the first all-electric Type-A school buses awarded a spot on the New York State contract,” said Trans Tech President, John Phraner.  “Trans Tech is committed to developing and manufacturing not only the safest school buses on the road, but also the most efficient, and our eSeries is a testament to that commitment.”

Trans Tech builds the eSeries on a Ford E450 chassis in partnership with Motiv Power Systems of California who manufactures the powertrain.  The eSeries is the first and only all-electric school bus in use in New York State and is currently being operated by New York school bus contractor Education Bus on Long Island for the Copiague Public School District. 

Trans Tech’s Trans Star also earned a spot on the New York State Contract.  The Trans Star, built on Ford’s world-renowned Transit chassis, is a customer-inspired Type-A school bus and comes standard with Trans Tech’s signature aerodynamic design, industry-leading fuel efficiency, pan-formed galvanized steel floors for toughness, and the company’s Versa-Track ® seating system for maximum versatility.

The Trans Star is already an instant hit, with one customer placing an order for nearly 80 school buses and many more customers placing orders for the current purchasing cycle.

The eSeries all-electric school bus has not received a lot of attention from school districts yet due to the price differential between its all-electric powertrain and Trans Tech’s fuel-efficient conventional powertrains; however, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority does offer a $90,000 voucher incentive program to help offset the incremental cost between the conventional chassis and the Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrain for the Ford E450 chassis.  Apply now for the electric school bus vouchers under NYSERDA’s NYT-VIP program – the funds must be redeemed by June 30, 2018. 

To read the School Transportation News magazine article click here.

Trans Tech manufactures industry-leading, Altoona-tested, Type-A school buses, Multifunction School Activity Buses and commercial buses.  Trans Tech offers the industry’s only narrow-body dual-wheel along with a family of single and dual wheel models.  The company is known for its innovative and fuel-efficient conversion designs.  Trans Tech meets ever-changing customer demand with its Versa-Track seating system ranging from 9 to 30 passengers.  Trans Tech buses are tough and designed for safety with pan-formed floors and bolted safety-cages.  Trans Tech is bringing green solutions to the market with aerodynamic designs and its all-electric eSeries.