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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.

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HarveyD

This is the way to go Minneapolis. Those 60, 100+ passengers articulated e-buses, will progressively take many hundreds/thousands polluting ICEVs of the roads/streets, reduce traffic jams , travel times , pollution and GHGs.

Another 100,000+ of those e-buses could do a lot to improve the environment in major North American cities. That's what China is doing.

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