ENC drives forward with next generation of zero-emission buses

Sept. 7, 2022
Both buses utilize the Axess platform and have advanced technology enabling longer ranges.

ElDorado National (California) or ENC®, announced the next generation of its zero-emission products, Axess® Battery Electric Bus (EVO-BE™) and Axess Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus (EVO-FC™), are now in development. 

Both buses utilize the Axess platform and have advanced technology enabling longer ranges. Available to order now with expected delivery in 2023, ENC offers multiple Axess variations: Axess EVO-BE in 32-, 35- and 40-foot and Axess EVO-FC in 40 feet. 

“The innovative designs of the next generation Axess EVO-BE and Axess EVO-FC further support ENC’s commitment to revolutionizing the heavy-duty transit bus industry by advancing zero-emission vehicles,” said Jason Moore, vice president and general manager, ENC. “We are implementing the most ground-breaking low and zero-emission technology by working with best-in-class suppliers.” 

The next generation Axess EVO-BE will have 738 kWh of battery energy storage. The battery system and energy storage for the bus are supplied by Proterra Powered™, a manufacturer of battery packs for zero-emission electric vehicles. 

The next-generation Axess EVO-FC bus is designed to have a range up to 400 miles, based on application, and will build on the legacy of ENC’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric bus. ENC says it was the first bus manufacturer to complete the 12-year/500,000 miles FTA Altoona test for a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric powered bus in 2018. ENC selected BAE Systems, a provider of electric drive systems and controls for the transit industry, for its new Gen3 powertrain for the next generation Axess EVO-FC. 

Both the Axess EVO-BE and EVO-FC buses leverage a common structural platform, propulsion system and technologies, with more than 90 percent commonality. This provides a simpler solution of aftermarket support, employee training and maintenance for customers that currently or in the future operate a mixed battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric fleet.