Funding for the buses was provided through a 2019 Low-No Program grant award. The Federal Transit Administration Low-No Program helps fund the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and supporting facilities that use advanced technologies.
“We’re pleased to receive the new GILLIG electric buses and add them to our growing electric bus fleet,” said DTC COO Rich Paprcka. “DTC and GILLIG have a long-term relationship and we are confident that these electric buses will improve service, reliability and help DTC reach its zero-emissions fleet goal of 10 percent in the near future.”
Paprcka added that the new buses will serve the Wilmington and Rehoboth service areas.
GILLIG’s battery electric builds upon the legacy of excellence and proven transit performance of the more than 27,000 buses in service throughout the U.S. today. GILLIG conducts rigorous engineering validation testing on all products before they go into production. The battery-electric bus completed testing with FTA’s Bus Test Program at Altoona, Pa., in July where it scored well in all measurement categories but stood out for durability and performance.
The 40-foot buses have a maximum capacity of 75 passengers and feature a Cummins electric powertrain.