Motor Coach Industries D45 CRT LE CHARGE

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Motor Coach Industries D45 CRT LE CHARGE
Years of manufacture 2019 to present
Length 45 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Battery-electric

The Motor Coach Industries D45 CRT LE CHARGETM, part of MCI's next-generation D-Series, is a battery-electric commuter coach available in Canada and the United States. The coach features a low entry section near the middle to facilitate boarding of mobility devices. This low floor section can also be accessed via a staircase to the high floor section.

The pre-production bus, known as the D45 CRTe LE prior to May 13, 2021, featured a high-torque 4,500 Nm electric drive from Siemens and 400 kWh Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) batteries from XALT. It could be fully charged with a high power plug-in charger in under three hours. It had an estimated range of 170 miles and a top speed of 72 miles per hour.[1]

The D45 CRT LE CHARGE uses a traction motor from Siemens that produces 3,320 ft-lb of torque. A 520 kWh capacity NMC battery allows for a range of between 156 to 250 miles. The bus can be recharged in under four hours. Prior to 2022, a 389 kWh capacity NMC battery was used allowing for a range of 170 miles. The bus could be recharged in under three hours.[2]

Specifications

Operators

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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses.

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Motor Notes
68606 2018 2MGWDMZA9KW068606 Siemens 1DB2024-0NA06
  • Originally a D45 CRT LE demo.
  • White with green and blue graphics.
  • Unveiled at Bay Area Reliability Symposium 01 Oct. 2019.
  • Demonstrated at New Jersey Transit, February 2020.
  • Shown to GO Transit 02 to 04 March 2020.
  • Returned to New Jersey Transit Newton Avenue Garage to test charging equipment, January 2022.

References

  1. MCI Electric Coaches brochure. Motor Coach Industries, August 2018.
  2. "2021 J4500 CHARGE and D45 CRT LE CHARGE brochure". Motor Coach Industries.