College bus producer Blue Hen Company unveiled a Class 5-6 electrical automobile platform on the 2022 Superior Clear Transportation (ACT) Expo. The corporate is constructing on its almost century-long experience of college bus manufacturing to develop its zero-emission transportation options to the industrial automobile market. Blue Hen’s versatile Class 5-6 chassis will allow a broad vary of fully-electric automobiles, together with last-mile supply step vans, motorhomes, and different specialty automobiles.
Because of its modular design, the Blue Hen electrical automobile (EV) chassis permits for a number of battery configurations from 70 kWh to 225 kWh supporting a automobile vary of as much as 175 miles on a single cost. The battery packs take between one and twelve hours to completely recharge relying on the charging infrastructure.
As well as, Blue Hen presents its Class 5-6 chassis with three wheelbase choices of 178″, 190″, and 208″ for automobiles with a gross automobile weight score (GVWR) of as much as 26,000 kilos. The corporate makes use of light-weight supplies and parts for its revolutionary automobile platform, thereby, maximizing automobile payload with out compromising on automobile security.
Blue Hen presents a number of security options on its EV chassis not normal on comparable electrical automobiles to boost driver safety and familiarity. This contains “hill maintain,” which prevents the automobile from rolling backward when sitting stationary on a hill, and “electrical creep,” which permits the automobile to slowly begin transferring from a cease when the driving force’s foot is faraway from the brake pedal to simulate a gasoline engine in gear. As well as, the Blue Hen customized chassis offers the most effective flip radius to-date maximizing automobile maneuverability in tight city settings.
Blue Hen teamed up with Lightning eMotors, a Colorado-based producer of electrical powertrains and full zero-emission automobile options, to construct the prototype of the Class 5-6 customized chassis. Lightning eMotors drew from its broad EV expertise based mostly on almost 250 zero-emission electrical industrial automobiles in operation and greater than 1.5 million miles pushed to-date.
Blue Hen plans to launch manufacturing of its Class 5-6 EV chassis in late 2023 at its manufacturing facility in Fort Valley, Ga.