Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8700-8707

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Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8700-8707 is wheelchair accessible.
Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8700-8707 has Wi-Fi access.

Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8700-8707 are 2019 New Flyer Industries XE60 buses. These are the first electric articulated buses to operate in the State of Minnesota, and the first production electric articulated buses to be built out of New Flyer's St. Cloud plant[1]. These buses operate exclusively on the METRO C Line, a bus rapid transit route that serves Downtown Minneapolis, North Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Motor Transmission Seating Destination Sign
Siemens PEM 1DB2016
ZF AVE130
None 46: American Seating Vision
4: American Seating BC55
Luminator Horizon White

History

These buses were ordered in 2018 and cost $1.3 million each.[2][3][4] The entire order was delivered in early 2019.

All of the units were pulled from service on March 2, 2021 due to charger problems.[5]

Features

They are equipped with a small diesel fuel tank (approximately 20 gallons) to provide additional power for heating. The buses have an expected range of 90 miles during the Spring, Summer, and Fall, and 70 miles during the Winter. In Year 1 of operation, the buses have an average fuel economy of 4.04 kwh/mi in the Winter, and 3.14 kwh/mi outside of Winter[1]

These buses are equipped with USB chargers.

Charging

These buses are charged in two ways. They are charged with eight AC/DC 10-150kw chargers in the garage. They are also charged on route with two DC 150-600kw overhead chargers at Brooklyn Center Transit Center.[1]

Due to garage charger problems, including phantom isolation faults due to design and construction that was poorly conceived[1], these buses were taken out of service in July and October 2019.[6] At a Metropolitan Council meeting in July 2019, the General Manager of Metro Transit reported having to import older model chargers from British Columbia in order to ensure the electric buses are able to continue serving the route.[7][8] These buses returned to service on the week of October 29, 2019.[9]

Metro Transit General Manager Wes Kooistra reported on the April 27, 2020 Met Council Transportation Committee meeting that they were able to negotiate longer warranties for the buses and associated chargers[10]

Naming

These buses, along with Metro Transit's 8100 series, are unique in that they have names given by local community organizations located on the C Line corridor.[11]

Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Date VIN License Plate Garage Name Status/Disposal Notes
8700 5FYB8YJ1XKB071351 None Heywood Active
  • Delivered in February 2019.
  • Returned to service on December 6, 2021
8701 01/2019 5FYB8YJ11KB071352 None Heywood Active
  • Returned to service on December 6, 2021
8702 2019 5FYB8YJ13KB071353 None Heywood Active
  • Returned to service on December 5, 2021
8703 2019 5FYB8YJ15KB071354 None Heywood Active
  • Spotted at the New Flyer plant in March 2019.
  • Returned to service on December 6, 2021
8704 Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8704-a.jpg 2019 5FYB8YJ17KB071355 None Heywood Active
  • Spotted at the New Flyer plant in March 2019.
  • Returned to service on December 6, 2021
8705 2019 5FYB8YJ19KB071356 None Heywood Active
  • Spotted at the New Flyer plant in March 2019.
  • Last in service on the C Line on March 1, 2021
  • Returned to service on December 4, 2021
8706 Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8706-a.jpg 2019 5FYB8YJ10KB071357 None Heywood Cia Siab Not Active as of March 2, 2021
  • Spotted at the New Flyer plant in March 2019.
  • Last in service on the C Line on March 1, 2021
8707 2019 5FYB8YJ12KB071358 None Heywood Active
  • Spotted at the New Flyer plant in March 2019.
  • Last in service on the C Line on January 10, 2021
  • Returned to service on December 4, 2021

References