MCI wrap first stage of testing of fully-electric coach

Full-size electric coach set to enter production in 2020

(PRNewsfoto/Motor Coach Industries)

Coach operators in North America will have this new fully-electric offering available to them from 2020.

To go into production in that year, the Motor Coach Industries (MCI) J4500e prototype has just wrapped up the first stage of pre-production testing.

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The transit bus and motor coach manufacturer tell us the coach ran flawlessly at both low and high speeds up to a sustained 70 mph (112km/h) on the highway.

Orders for the coach are now being taken.

The MCI J4500e features a high-torque electric drive system powered by a 450-kWh battery, rechargeable to 100% in less than three hours.

“We’re enormously pleased by these early test results – our all-electric J4500e delivered smooth power across varied roadways and impressive results in acceleration, handling and ride quality,” – JP Pelletier, Vice President of MCI Engineering.

MCI say they were particularly pleased about how quiet the bus proved to be, an attribute sure to increase passenger comfort.

While they say the coach will also offer potential operators best-in-class legroom, Wi-Fi, easy-access power outlets and overhead lighting.

The coach will now shift around North America for testing among potential public and private operators and we’ll bring you further details as additional info comes to hand.

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