The Connecticut Division of Transportation (CTDOT) has positioned an order for 12 all-electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses.

It is only a cautious starting, because the contract has an possibility for as much as 63 further electrical buses (complete of as much as 75), thirty-five or forty-foot lengths all through the remaining time period of the two-year settlement.

In accordance with the press launch, CTDOT owns and operates almost all public transportation providers in Connecticut (greater than 27 million annual journeys), which implies that this order may change into a form of bridgehead for broader electrification.

The transit businesses are nonetheless fairly cautious about EVs and they’re normally shopping for solely when incentives can be found, which means that the premium costs are nonetheless too excessive. Within the case of CTDOT, the acquisition was supported by Federal Transit Administration funds:

“The acquisition, supported by Federal Transit Administration funds, furthers the CTDOT Electrical Bus Initiative, a partnership between CTDOT, CT Division of Vitality and Environmental Safety, and bus transit suppliers that has dedicated to offering a protected, dependable, sustainable clear power transportation system.”

Thus far, New Flyer has offered some 900 buses to CTDOT. Solely time will inform whether or not EVs will likely be additionally bought within the a whole bunch.