Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:33:00 PM
As the METRO C Line pivots from construction to operations, staff at Heywood Garage got their first look at the future of bus technology – an electric bus charger.
This is a temporary installation, but a necessary first step towards familiarizing and training staff on its operation before the delivery of the first 60-foot articulated electric bus in January. Eight permanent charging stations will be installed in Heywood Garage, one for each of the eight electric buses.
At Heywood, bus batteries will be charged to capacity overnight, taking about four hours. During a route, operators will receive a range-extending charge at the on-route chargers, taking about ten minutes time. Eight permanent chargers will eventually be installed in Heywood and two at the Brooklyn Center Transit Center.
The C Line is expected to launch in the spring of 2019. Metro Transit plans to eventually electrify our entire fleet.