Second-generation of GILLIG's electric bus performs well at Altoona Testing

July 8, 2021
GILLIG’s reports its 40-foot electric bus scored extremely well in all evaluated categories, turning in notable results in durability and performance.

GILLIG reports its second-generation battery electric bus has completed the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus Test Program at the Larson Transportation Institute's Bus Research and Testing Center located in Altoona, Pa., (commonly referred to as “Altoona Testing”). GILLIG’s electric bus scored extremely well in all evaluated categories, turning in notable results in durability and performance.

Altoona testing evaluates how well vehicles perform under conditions representative of the demanding duty cycles required of transit buses. The testing assesses areas of maintainability, reliability, safety, performance, vehicle structure, noise and fuel economy. The test report provides information that transit authorities can utilize to compare a vehicle against a standard of performance when making purchasing decisions.

“We’re very pleased with these results which reinforce that we’re building an electric bus with industry-leading durability and performance,” said GILLIG President and CEO Derek Maunus. “With each generation of bus, we’re building upon capabilities while consistently delivering a reliable, cost-effective product to market.”

GILLIG says its 40-foot battery electric bus demonstrated reliability and exhibited exemplary performance in safety, handling, acceleration and fuel economy.

Built upon GILLIG’s proven Low Floor Platform, the bus underwent a robust design validation program prior to the Altoona test. This assessment included environmental testing in extreme climates, performance validation on challenging terrain and a comprehensive structural analysis conducted on a shaker table and on an accelerated test track. The bus was also evaluated through finite-element predictive computer model analysis. Rigorous testing is a hallmark product development practice for GILLIG, with its proven engineering designs and all-American manufacturing going into the production of its buses.

“Transit agencies are telling us they appreciate the bus’s quality craftmanship, its safe and quiet operation, and how cost effective they are to operate,” added Maunus. “The exacting standards and disciplined validation program our team employed has resulted in an electric bus that can meet the daily demands of our customers.”

GILLIG’s experience with product electrification dates back to 2001 with diesel-electric hybrid and overhead trolley electric buses. The zero-emission battery electric builds upon the legacy of excellence and proven transit performance of the more than 27,000 GILLIG buses in service throughout the United States today.