In the USA, Gillig electric buses were delivered in the bi-state St. Louis region for the launch of the region’s electric bus services, while in Washington State, Gillig electric buses were sent into operation in Pullman.
In the St. Louis region that includes parts of both Missouri and Illinois, representatives from Bi-State Development, Metro Transit and several partners and regional stakeholders launched the first electric buses into service on the MetroBus system. Metro has purchased four 40-foot battery-electric buses made by Gillig, with six more to follow later this year.
Bill Fay, Gillig Vice President of Sales said: “We’ve delivered over 600 reliable and durable buses to the agency since we began partnering more than 20 years ago. With our battery-electric product, Saint Louis is operating a high-performing, safe bus that is consistently on route, transporting customers efficiently and helping the region provide for environmental sustainability.”
Also this week, over in Washington State, two 35-foot-long Gillig buses arrived in Pullman from the Gillig plant in California with an outlook on a third order. With the help of federal grant money paying for most of the $872,000 cost per bus, Pullman will begin sending out the new buses on routes starting in August.
It seems to have been a busy week for Gillig. In Altoona, Pennsylvania, Gillig’s second-generation battery-electric bus completed the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus Test Program at the Larson Transportation Institute’s Bus Research and Testing Center (commonly referred to as “Altoona Testing”). Gillig says its electric bus “scored extremely well in all evaluated categories, turning in notable results in durability and performance.”
Gillig launched its first electric bus in May 2019. The California-based company is the second-largest conventional bus manufacturer in North America after New Flyer. In May this year, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and Park City Transit awarded American bus manufacturer Gillig a $44.2 million contract for 44 battery-electric buses, with an option of 95 additional buses over five years.