CALACT awards contract to Endera to purchase 1,000 B-Series all-electric buses

Feb. 8, 2023
The contract is the largest statewide purchasing contract in U.S. history.

Endera has been awarded a contract by the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CALACT) for its B-Series all-electric buses. The contract is the largest statewide purchasing contract in U.S. history and will allow Endera to purchase up to 1,000 electric shuttles through its distribution partner, Coachwest Luxury & Performance Motorcars (Coachwest).

CALACT association’s membership of transit agencies, as well as city and county governments, can now purchase Endera’s B-Series all-electric shuttles through a streamlined process, which complies with federal and state purchasing regulations.

CALACT is the largest state transit association in the United States and helps fleet operators avoid lengthy and expensive individual procurement efforts. With over 300 members, CALACT works to promote professional excellence, stimulate ideas for effective community transit and advocate for improved public transportation in all parts of California.

Endera's All-Electric B-Series Shuttle

An estimated 1,000 electric shuttles are expected to be purchased from the CALACT contract by 2025, with additional electric buses procured over the entire five-year contract period, making it the most of any state purchasing contracts for electric buses in the United States.

As the industry’s only vertically integrated mid-sized EV bus maker in the United States, Endera’s electric powertrains and vehicle bodies are built under one roof at the company’s 250,000 square-feet manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Ohio.

Endera’s electric shuttles and associated service partnerships support California’s clean air and climate goals. Endera’s proprietary electric powertrains are developed at the company’s Research and Development (R&D) headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. With a focus on quality and service, Endera offers state-wide service capability throughout California with its R&D facility and service partners.

“Endera was awarded the CALACT contract as the lowest priced vendor and the only vertically integrated one-stop-shop. We listen to our clients to learn about the problems they face and understand the solutions they need, which is why we have a superior offering in virtually every category,” said John Walsh, founder & CEO of Endera. “All of our models have a fast-charging option, increasing up-time for operators while also providing significant range capability. We have developed a fully integrated software ecosystem that makes it easier and less expensive to adopt electric buses, so fleet operators can focus on running their business.”

“Whether a fleet is large or small, finding reliable, affordable electric shuttles can be a tough proposition. Endera is honored to be one of the select few to successfully complete the rigorous CALACT vetting process, allowing us to offer our best-in-class electric buses to transit fleet operators throughout the state,” said Don White, sales manager at Endera.

“Coachwest is pleased to offer Endera products under the CALACT contract. These cutting-edge vehicles are also eligible for Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) point-of-sale vouchers,” said Jay Real, manager, sales at Coachwest.

Endera’s electric buses feature smart technology, including proprietary dispatch software that tracks vehicles and routes, automates records and energy management and streamlines reporting and vehicle service. The platform also integrates with Endera GO, a consumer app designed to improve riders’ experience.

The B-Series offers a 12-passenger, +2 and a 16-passenger, + 2 wheelchair seating option, with additional floor plans available to meet each agency’s requirements. The series has a lightweight body design to maximize range efficiency and can charge in as little as 45 minutes, making it the fastest charging electric bus of its class on the market in the U.S.