The Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis has awarded New Flyer of America a new contract for eight heavy-duty, sixty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric transit buses (or 16 equivalent units).
The purchase of the charging technology and Minnesota-built buses is supported by a $1.75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The buses will bring zero-emission public transit to Metro’s new C-line, a dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) route operated by Metro Transit and scheduled to open in 2019.
The battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses support Metro’s focus on updated amenities, faster boarding, and a more streamlined service to the community.
Metro is one of the country's largest transit systems, with 130 bus routes covering seven Minnesota counties. Metro plans to connect 200,000 people a day to almost half a million jobs across the region with a new rapid bus network. Ridership along Route C alone is expected to grow to 9,000 rides a day by 2030.