I know there’s a lot of interest in Metro’s efforts to electrify its bus service — with the Metro Board of Directors earlier this year embracing a goal of a fully electric fleet by 2030 with plans to electrify the Orange Line and Silver Line by 2020.
On another front, Metro recently purchased 10 Chevy Bolt electric cars to use as part of its non-revenue fleet used for field operations. The Bolt is a zero emissions vehicle with an estimated range of 238 miles per charge and helps fulfill Metro’s goal of lowering the agency’s overall greenhouse gas emissions (greenhouse gases are the cause of climate change).
The agency will test of the vehicles over the next year to see if they’re a good fit for the agency. Most of the vehicles in Metro’s non-revenue fleet are already hybrids, so this takes things a step further.
As part of the pilot program, Metro staff will try to determine the expense of operating electric vehicles versus hybrids. The upfront costs of EVs are usually higher but operating costs and maintenance for EVs may be lower over the long haul.
More pics of the new Chevy Bolts are in this Flickr album.