The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has awarded New Flyer a new contract for six 40' battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses. The purchase is supported by competitive state grants, California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
The buses are expected to arrive in 2019 and will be tested along various existing routes.
The buses are equipped with 480 kWh battery packs, and will also feature the latest onboard video surveillance systems, enhanced wheelchair restraint systems with forward-facing safety barriers for improved safety, and electric air conditioning, and accessory systems.
The purchase includes nine depot chargers from New Flyer. Plans are in place to install six depot chargers at the Imperial Avenue Division as the primary operating facility for the zero-emissions buses, with the remaining three to be installed at other fixed-route operating facilities to expand the route-testing area and provide service continuity.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System operates bus and trolley routes in the region, delivering more than 90 million rides per year. MTS has actively supported San Diego and California climate action goals through evolution to low and no-emission solutions, including operation of zero-emission light rail, operation of compressed natural gas buses, purchasing 100% renewable natural biogas, deploying eco-friendly propane-powered buses, installing near-zero NOx engines into existing fixed-route buses, achieving LEED Silver status for new bus operations facilities in Chula Vista and El Cajon, and installing solar power at 500 new bus shelters.