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Re: Generic ongoing KCATA thread

Post by shinatoo » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:25 pm

Those must be, like, 49 shades of gray.
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Re: Generic ongoing KCATA thread

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed May 23, 2018 2:49 pm

KCATA will start buying battery electric buses: https://twitter.com/RideKCTransit/statu ... 9677685760

Currently, the fleet is less than half compressed natural gas. The rest is diesel.

The new vehicles should be on the ground in 2019.

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Re: Generic ongoing KCATA thread

Post by kcjak » Wed May 23, 2018 3:33 pm

Clay Chastain will get a boner from this news.

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Post by DaveKCMO » Wed May 23, 2018 3:49 pm

kcjak wrote:Clay Chastain will get a boner from this news.
As will "SmartKC"! It was THEIR idea! :roll:

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Re: Generic ongoing KCATA thread

Post by tower » Wed May 23, 2018 4:26 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:KCATA will start buying battery electric buses: https://twitter.com/RideKCTransit/statu ... 9677685760

Currently, the fleet is less than half compressed natural gas. The rest is diesel.

The new vehicles should be on the ground in 2019.
Have they decided on a vendor? Or are the two busses going to be from two different vendors to test? There are really only two choices.

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Re: Generic ongoing KCATA thread

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed May 23, 2018 4:31 pm

Gillig, for now.

There are actually at least four "Buy America" options for traditional (40') battery electric transit buses: BYD, Proterra, New Flyer, and Gillig.

There are also vendors that rebuild existing buses as battery electric.

Gillig will deliver their first vehicles in 2019. KCATA's entire fleet right now is Gillig, as is Johnson County's.

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Re: Generic ongoing KCATA thread

Post by tower » Wed May 23, 2018 6:49 pm

Oh, I didn't realize Gillig or New Flyer made electric busses.

That makes sense. I'm sure it will make everything a lot easier to stick with the same company.

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