GreenPower Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Tule River Economic Development Corporation to Electrify Bus Fleet
Porterville, California – February 1, 2017: GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSXV: GPV) (OTCQB: GPVRF) (“GreenPower”), announces a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tule River Economic Development Corporation (“TREDC”) for the acquisition of all-electric buses to replace existing legacy buses.
The memorandum provides that TREDC and GreenPower will work together to replace up to ten buses with the acquisition of two EV 550 all-electric double-decker buses, two all-electric shuttle buses, two all-electric low floor transit buses and four all-electric school buses. GreenPower will also provide the required charging infrastructure and develop a solar collection for a sustainable energy source for the benefit of the Tule River Indian Tribe. GreenPower will provide training for drivers, maintenance and support staff to enable a Center of Excellence for Tule River Indians staff.
"We are excited to be working with GreenPower to electrify our fleet. Some of our buses date back to 1987, with several of these approaching one million miles in operation. GreenPower will help train our drivers and maintenance crew; and assist our support staff so we will have the expertise to benefit from this emerging industry," said the President of TREDC.
As outlined in the MOU, GreenPower and TREDC will work together to pursue grants, vouchers and incentives, including the recently announced VW Mitigation Trust that provides funding to cover up to 100% of the cost of new all-electric buses. Tule River has a 1993 model year high floor coach; which, if scrapped and replaced with one of GreenPower’s all-electric buses, would eliminate over 1.1 metric tons of NOx emissions per year. This would be one of the most effective mitigation actions under the VW Mitigation Trust.
GreenPower President Brendan Riley commented, “It was an honor to participate in the signing ceremony with the Tule River Indian Tribe and to be working with them to modernize Tule's bus fleet and mitigate nitrogen oxide from the environment. This MOU represents our first agreement whereby GreenPower proactively supports our customer’s initiatives to switch to zero-emission buses while taking advantage of the various programs available to offset costs.”
About GreenPower Motor Company Inc.
GreenPower Motor Company Inc. develops electric powered vehicles for commercial markets. GreenPower offers a range of electric powered buses deploying electric drive and battery technologies with a lightweight chassis and low floor or high floor body. GreenPower’s bus is based on a flexible clean sheet design and utilizes a custom battery management system and a proprietary Flex Power system for the drive motors. GreenPower integrates global suppliers for key components such as Siemens for the two drive motors, Knorr for the brakes, ZF for the axles and Parker for the dash and control systems. This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements. For further information go to www.greenpowerbus.com
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