November 19, 2021

MetroBus Electric Bus Fleet Grows with 6 GILLIG Buses

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Photo of Gillig's 100th battery electric bus outside of its facility, with a group of people in front of it
Our electric bus fleet is growing! This month marked the arrival of six new 40-foot battery electric buses at Metro Transit, including the 100th battery-electric bus produced by GILLIG.

Metro Transit has been partnering with GILLIG since 1992, and this recent delivery brings our total electric bus fleet to 10 40-foot buses and 14 60-foot buses.

The battery electric buses provide a substantial savings in fuel and maintenance costs – up to $525,000 over the life of each bus. As zero-emission transit assets, these buses will provide a reduction of 100 to 160 tons of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to a diesel bus.

These new additions will operate on various MetroBus routes in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, and provide riders with a quiet, comfortable ride.

40-foot electric bus on the streets of St. Louis with trees showing fall leavesFast Facts: GILLIG’s 40-Foot Battery Electric Buses

  • Serve a variety of MetroBus routes in Missouri
  • GILLIG: Purchase price = $950,000 | Operating cost = $0.43 per mile
  • Range of 150 miles on a single charge
  • Have 444 kWh of battery storage
  • Charges overnight at Brentwood MetroBus Facility, powered by Ameren Missouri
  • The 40-foot buses also deliver a superior transit experience with the latest features and amenities, including a Thermo King Electric HVAC system with integrated thermal management, and superior ride quality with low noise levels and smooth, seamless acceleration.
  • Known for being the lowest cost transit buses to maintain, GILLIG buses are built on the company’s proven low-floor platform design and feature Cummins propulsion systems.
  • Buses were built in Livermore, California
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