Free airport service based on Endera battery-electric shuttles
By Chad Elmore02 December 2021
Used by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s San Diego Flyer program.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has launched the San Diego Flyer, a free electric shuttle bus service based on Endera electric shuttles. The service will transport passengers between the San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Old Town Transit Center.
Through a partnership with ACE Parking and the San Diego International Airport, Endera supplied a fleet of six fully electric shuttles for The San Diego Flyer. Endera said its shuttles are powered by sustainable energy through charging stations located on airport property and are equipped with rider-friendly features including air conditioning, luggage racks and an ADA ramp.
“ACE is excited to utilize Endera’s fully eclectic, zero emission shuttles to power the inception of the San Diego Flyer shuttle service, which will seamlessly connect travelers and employees to San Diego International Airport from Old Town station,” said Morgan Leslie, managing director, ACE Parking. “This is a critical development step for San Diego’s regional public transportation infrastructure and Endera helps ACE deliver transportation solutions to SAN that align with the airport’s commitment to sustainability and Clean Transportation Plan.”
The San Diego Flyer electric shuttles will operate every day with an arrival every 20 to 30 minutes on average and are intended to meet the first and last Trolley, Coasters, Amtrak trains, and MTS buses at the first and last drop-offs, which start at 4:45 am and end just after midnight. Currently, the buses stop at the Old Town Transit Center, Terminal 1, and Terminal 2. Passengers can be picked up and dropped off at transportation islands at each terminal.
Based on a Ford F-450 chassis, the Endera shuttles use batteries made from lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) cells to propel proprietary fiberglass composite bodies that reduce weight. The San Diego Flyer shuttles can be seen by a branded light orange wrap with plane icons and the word “Flyer” across the side of the buses.
“ACE Parking and the San Diego International Airport are leaders in the adoption of electric transportation and understand the need to advance clean mobility. The San Diego Flyer is a great representation of that,” said John Walsh, founder and CEO of Endera.
The electric shuttle program also utilizes the Endera GO platform, an app that allows riders to see live bus locations at any point on the route, accurate ETAs, and view seat availability in real-time. The company said its app helps to ease the travel anxiety that comes along with getting to and from the airport in order to maximize the comfort of the transit experience.
Based in San Diego, Endera is a technology company that specializes in electric commercial vehicles, charging stations, and software solutions. As an end-to-end electric commercial vehicle supplier, Endera provides vehicle design and technology.