King County Metro awarded New Flyer a contract for 20 additional 60-foot zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ heavy-duty transit buses. Metro is one of the 10 largest transit agencies in the U.S., providing over 122 million annual passenger trips in King County, Wash., including the city of Seattle.
Metro’s long-term commitment, first announced January 2020, is to achieve a 100% zero-emissions fleet powered by renewable energy no later than 2040. The addition of 20 battery-electric buses marks another key milestone in reaching Metro’s goal to improve air quality, reduce carbon, and provide equitable access to sustainable transportation. The order follows the completion of an 18-month electric bus evaluation of two 60-foot New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses program initiated in 2018. The buses were purchased as option orders off the Commonwealth of Virginia state contract.
New Flyer continues to lead the evolution toward scalable zero-emission mobility, offering battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ and fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ buses, and supporting zero-emission deployments through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, which provides safe and reliable infrastructure services for smart, sustainable mobility projects.