First of the New Breed - The American Midibus
Starting in 2015, DESCH was initially approached to help a client with an HEV electrification project. During that work, the client expressed an interest in a new platform to complement their existing product lines, and DESCH was able to turn the client's concepts into a reality for them.
Over the course of the next three years, DESCH and the client developed a plan for an entirely new vehicle that would leverage high end bus technologies on a medium duty chassis, with a price point more in line with a 7 year bus. DESCH was able to leverage the clients existing build methodologies in new ways and create a completely ground up chassis and power train that met the clients specific goals for packaging, performance, cost and features. DESCH then remained on-site to direct build of the validation prototypes for both diesel and CNG versions, with eye towards an EV version as well. The prototype was awarded an industry award for most innovative product in 2016 and is headed towards production with great excitement.