The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and Park City Transit have awarded GILLIG a $44.2 million contract for 44 battery-electric buses, with an option of 95 additional buses over five years. The contract includes 16 plug-in charging systems and four high-power on-route chargers.
UTA has designated 11 of the initial buses to operate on the 5.3-mile Ogden Bus Rapid Transit line which will run from Ogden FrontRunner Station, through downtown Ogden, through the Weber State University campus to McKay-Dee Hospital.
Of the 44 electric buses in the initial contract, 13 will be delivered to Park City, Utah.
“UTA has a long-term commitment to reduce emissions along the Wasatch Front, and the GILLIG battery-electric buses will greatly support that effort,” said UTA's Executive Director Carolyn M. Gonot. “These buses will be used on heavily traveled corridors, each eliminating dozens of gallons of diesel fuel being used daily. By continuing to add alternative fuel vehicles to our fleet, UTA is increasing its contribution to air quality and sustaining our high quality of life.”
GILLIG electric buses are built on the company’s low-floor platform. The buses feature Cummins powertrains and, with seating for 38, the 40-foot models are designed for durability, safety, and overall performance. GILLIG has partnered with industry leaders in charging systems to provide more high-performance plug-in chargers and overhead inductive charging options.