Endera Delivers 18 Electric Shuttles to ACE Parking At San Diego International

Endera, a technology company specializing in commercial electric vehicles, announced Wednesday that it has delivered 18 electric passenger shuttles to ACE Parking for use at San Diego International Airport.

By the end of 2020, 29 electric vehicles will be delivered, making for the nation’s largest deployment of an all-electric fleet at a U.S. airport.

ACE Parking, manager of the airport’s shuttle fleet, purchased 29 all- electric shuttle buses to convert the existing liquified petroleum gas and natural gas fleet to all-electric to attempt to reach the sustainability goals of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Sixteen of the vehicles within the fleet will be large, high-occupancy shuttles based on the Ford F-550 platform, which are the first of their kind to be electrified.

“By combining our AI driven telematics and safety technology, San Diego International Airport will now have the most technologically advanced shuttle buses on the road at a U.S. airport. We are able to help them accomplish their sustainability goals and show a compelling reduction in energy and maintenance costs for these vehicles,” said John Walsh, CEO of Endera. “The vehicles and their technology will revolutionize the way fleets are managed at airports, hospitals, universities, and any other application where high occupancy vehicles are utilized.”

The vehicles were purchased in part to help the San Diego Airport comply with California’s zero-emission airport shuttle regulation, which was adopted in June 2019 by the California Air Resources Board. The new regulations require airport shuttle operators to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicle technologies by the end of 2035.

According to Endera, the all-electric buses are built with a lightweight composite body that maximizes range efficiency over traditional steel and aluminum designs. The electric shuttles can achieve up to 130 miles of range on a fully-packed 26 passenger bus and can charge in as little as two hours and 15 minutes.

Each vehicle will be equipped with an automated passenger counting system that uses cameras and AI algorithms to accurately count passengers and provide detailed reports to the management team. Part of the technology was designed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 by including an infrared camera that reads passengers’ temperatures as they board the bus, alerting the driver of an ill passenger.

Endera’s energy management system also will allow fleet operators to easily and efficiently monitor and manage their vehicles charging stations to minimize energy usage.

By the end of 2020, an additional 29 Endera electric vehicles will be in operation in San Diego County at an off-airport parking facility and a commercial office campus.

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— City News Service

Nick Hutsen Named one of NPA’s 40 Under 40

We are proud to announce that ACE team member, Nick Hutsen, has been named as part of the National Parking Association’s (NPA) annual 40 Under 40 class for 2019! The 40 Under 40 distinction identifies the parking industry’s most influential young management professionals nationwide – and we agree, Nick exemplifies that distinction.

Nick, who has 15 years of industry experience, started his career as a valet at ACE and worked his way up throughout various management roles and today is Vice President, Pacific Northwest. Nick combines his leadership skills with a focus on customer service and attention to detail. Nick strives to provide the highest levels of customer service and financial return for our clients in the industry while ensuring team members feel valued and appreciated. He is responsible for the daily operations of all commercial locations and hotels in the states of Washington and Oregon. Nick leads a team of three area managers, twenty-one senior managers, and six supervisors. Together, his operational team manages the parking operations for nearly 50 prestigious properties throughout the Seattle, Bellevue, and Portland markets.

We congratulate Nick on this recognition and for exemplifying our motto Every Thank You Earned!

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