Clark County Public Transit (C-TRAN) in Vancouver, Wash., has awarded GILLIG a $9.74-million order for eight 40-foot battery electric buses and associated charging equipment.
More than half of C-TRAN’s current fixed-route fleet consists of hybrid buses and the agency has adopted a 50-year vision that has an emphasis on sustainability. The new buses, which are estimated to arrive in the fall of 2022, will replace eight older diesel buses.
C-TRAN used the commonwealth of Virginia contract to make the purchase rather than the state of Washington contract, citing limitations with its home state’s contract options.
The ordered charging equipment will be for overnight in-depot charging, but C-TRAN is leaving the option open for future on route charging.
GILLIG debuted its battery electric bus in May 2019 and its second-generation battery electric bus recently completed Altoona Testing. GILLIG electric buses are built on the company’s Low Floor Platform and have Cummins propulsion systems.
“C-Tran has been a long-time customer of ours since 1998, and we’re proud to continue providing Clark County with the best heavy-duty transit buses on the market,” said GILLIG Vice President of Sales Bill Fay. “These new electric buses are reliable, durable, safe, comfortable and very quiet in operation. They’ll help ensure these Washington communities have cleaner air through their zero-emission operation.”