GILLIG recently announced it had completed production of its 100th battery electric bus. The announcement came in conjunction with California Clean Air Day, which was celebrated around the state, and at GILLIG’s headquarters, in October. The bus was scheduled for delivery to Metro Transit in St. Louis, Mo., later that month.
By the end of 2021, Metro Transit will have a total of 10 GILLIG battery electric buses in its fleet.
“We set out to do whatever we could to make sure we had the best electric bus in the industry, and that is what we’ve done.” said GILLIG President/CEO Derek Maunus. “I couldn’t be prouder of the amount of hard work and energy that went into this accomplishment. This truly has been the most remarkable team effort.”
Since introducing the first battery electric bus in 2016, GILLIG has continued to add customers for the bus. More than 50 customers across the country are now operating GILLIG’s battery electric buses or have orders for the vehicles. The company is currently booking new bus orders into 2023.
The company’s current electric bus is a second-generation product built on the company’s proven Low Floor Platform. The bus delivers industry-leading performance and provides unmatched reliability and durability. It features a Cummins powertrain and is supported by Cummins service centers located throughout the country.
GILLIG’s battery electric bus incorporates learnings from decades of vehicle electrification experience. Through generations of diesel-electric hybrid and overhead trolley electric buses and its first-generation fuel cell buses deployed in 2001, GILLIG has established best practices and validated many of the technologies used on today’s electric buses. These products build upon the legacy of excellence and proven transit performance of the more than 27,000 GILLIG 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 Federal Transit Administration’s Bus Test Program at Altoona, Pa., in July where it scored exceptionally well in all measurement categories but stood out for durability and performance.
GILLIG is one of the leading manufacturers of heavy-duty transit buses in the U.S., offering a portfolio of clean-energy propulsions including zero-emission battery electric, diesel-electric hybrid, near-zero emission compressed natural gas, and clean-diesel, all designed on the proven GILLIG Low Floor Platform to maximize fleet commonality.
Since 1890, the company’s dedicated employees have been supporting customers and delivering on promises to improve quality of life through transformative mass transit solutions. From initial design through final assembly, each GILLIG bus is designed and built by American workers in Livermore, Calif., who are committed to building and supporting the safest and most reliable transit buses in the U.S.
GILLIG’s products help reduce congestion, contribute to a cleaner environment, and provide mobility to all.
The company is also proud to create American jobs and recycle tax dollars back into the community to further support public transportation.