Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), Milpitas, Calif a manufacturer of hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, has announced a collaboration with Master Transportation a bus manufacturer in Taiwan.

The companies are working to develop an all-electric bus program thatI emaile integrates the Efficient Drivetrains EDI PowerDrive EV all-electric drivetrain and EDI PowerSuite vehicle control software into a Master Transportation passenger bus utilizing battery packs from local supplier, Yiding, and LFP cells from Shenyang.

The initial bus is expected to be in the fourth quarter of 2017, and is the first of its kind to meet the “made in Taiwan” policy—a government initiative created to establish local supply chain, requiring that at least 70% of the components be from manufacturers in Taiwan. The initial bus will operate in normal passenger transit duty

Efficient Drivetrains moved to establish partnerships with local suppliers in response to the recent introduction of a green transportation plan in Taiwan. The stringent anti-idle and emissions reduction mandates, require that the 10,000+ diesel buses operating in cities across Taiwan are replaced with all-electric within 10 years. The company has extended its EDI PowerDrive EV OEM vehicle developers kit and support program offering for bus manufacturers in Taiwan to enable the rapid creation of all-electric vehicle solutions that meet industry regulations.