The first of seven electric busses currently in production will arrive later this summer in Orlando thanks to the work of LYNX, OUC, and the City of Orlando.
“All of us here in the Central Florida community are pleased that the FTA recognized the importance of this project,” said LYNX CEO Jim Harrison. “It is unique partnerships such as this that show LYNX shares in Mayor Dyer and our Board’s vision for a future-ready city.”
The buses will operate on the LYMMO Grapefruit, Lime and North Quarter lines.
LYNX received a Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant for $1.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) allowing for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling and maintenance facilities.
They used the grant to purchase seven battery electric buses procured through Proterra Inc.
The Governing Board for OUC approved providing LYNX up to $900,000 toward this program. OUC also assisted in the procurement of charging stations and batteries to help LYNX successfully deploy the project. LYNX will benefit from real-world operating experiences and OUC from important battery performance data.
The City of Orlando is also providing $850,000 in matching funds.
Photo courtesy City of Orlando