Motor Coach Industries has officially launched its zero-emission version of the most popular highway bus in North America, the J-coach, three years after completing the prototype.
The J4500 Charge is a battery-electric version of the popular coach, with enhanced luxury and safety features and a range of 320 kilometers (199 miles) fully charged.
MCI, a subsidiary of NFI Group, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, is now taking orders for delivery in the fourth quarter of this year or early in 2022.
The J4500 Charge adds to the Winnipeg-based company’s growing portfolio of zero-emission and hybrid buses for both heavy duty transit and now highway motor coaches, and bolsters its position as the industry leader
The J4500 Charge uses advanced technology including optimized battery placement for weight distribution and handling, heavy-duty torque and smooth operation as well as care and attention to the battery design including end-of-life recycling provisions.
The buses will be available with fully customizable interiors, 30 months warranty and extensive service support including 24/7 roadside assistance.
MCI J4500 CHARGE specscification:
– passenger capacity of 56
– range of over 320 km (200 miles)
– 544 kWh battery (63 Ah NMC cells Ultra-High Energycell by XALT)
– top speed of 116 km/h (72 mph)
– charging in under 4 hours (at 150 kW DC)
– 260 kW Siemens electric motor