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LA Metro orders up to 100 electric buses

New Flyer's Xcelsior battery electric bus

LA Metro places 35 firm orders with New Flyer with possible increase to 100, as well as up to 300 CNG buses

Los Angeles Metro officials announced that they have signed a contract with New Flyer of America for dozens of zero-emission and compressed natural gas buses to help the agency reach its goal of a 100 percent zero-emission fleet by 2030.

The agreed contracts cover two types of powertrain. One contract is for up to 300 Xcelsior CNG 60-foot heavy-duty transit buses — 65 firm orders and options to purchase an additional 235 buses.

Another contract covers up to 100 Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, 60-foot heavy-duty transit buses — 35 firm orders with options to purchase an additional 65 buses. The CHARGE models offer up to 230 miles of range on a single charge and are available with packs from 100 kWh to 885 kWh, although it was not stated what specification LA Metro has procured.

“Metro is fully committed to improving the health of people across the region – and these new electric buses will help improve air quality and reduce noise pollution,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chair of the Metro Board. “As the largest transit agency in the country to commit to a fully electric fleet by 2030, Metro continues to serve as a global leader for sustainable policies, all while creating good-paying local jobs.”

The articulated buses will be assigned to the Metro Orange Line.

Source: New Flyer


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