Updated: Jan 3
Illinois’ first battery-electric bus fleet in was placed into service this week in Moline.
MetroLINK introduced their battery-operated fleet during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Moline's SouthPark Mall on April 16, 2018.
The 40-foot buses were paid for through IDOT's Federal Transit Clean Fuels and an FTA Bus and Facilities grant.
MetroLINK received and additional grant on April 6th for $3,165,000 from a U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bus and Bus Infrastructure Program to buy 5 additional buses, charging stations, and passenger shelters.
Charging stations would be solar powered through more than 1,000 rooftop solar panels.
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MetroLINK introduces battery-operated fleet (Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus, April 16, 2018)
MetroLINK launches electric buses (Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus, April 16, 2018)
Metro unveiling new electric buses Monday in Moline (Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus, April 13, 2018)
MetroLINK awarded $3.16 M for electric buses, charging stations (Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus, April 6, 2018)