The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved GreenPower Motor Company Inc.’s Synapse Shuttle all-electric bus for funding under the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Each Shuttle sold in the state can receive $95,000 in financial support.
GreenPower has developed a leasing program with a specialty leasing company to facilitate the purchase of GreenPower products. In the case of a customer from California acquiring a Synapse Shuttle with a deposit of $20,000 and the HVIP voucher they will be able to acquire a base level Synapse Shuttle with a five-year lease for less than $3,000 per month.
"Utilizing GreenPower's high floor platform, clean sheet design and monocoque body; the Synapse Shuttle is North America's first purpose built all-electric shuttle bus," said Brendan Riley, president at GreenPower. "The HVIP voucher combined with the leasing program provides an operator of a Synapse Shuttle all-electric bus with a significantly lower monthly cost than that of a traditional diesel or CNG shuttle bus."
The Synapse Shuttle is available in a 36.5 foot model with seating for up to 49 passengers or a 30 foot model with seating for up to 37 passengers. Due to the clean sheet design, users can define the interior space of the Synapse™ Shuttle to fit their requirements, including the seating, racking or festival set-up with tables.
The base model has 100 kWh of batteries and can be configured with over 200 kWh of batteries depending on the duty cycle for the operator and charging needs for the bus. One of the many options includes an on-board charging system so that the Synapse Shuttle can take advantage of Level 2 charging systems.
The HVIP also provides increased incentives of $15,000 for fleets located in or serving disadvantaged communities and $10,000 for the first three buses acquired by an operator.