GILLIG LLC, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the U.S., announces that Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has awarded the company a contract for 10 battery electric buses. The contract has a minimum value of $8 million.
“We’re excited to bring these zero-emission buses to Montgomery County and help the county bring pollution-free transportation to its communities.,” said GILLIG Vice President of Sales Bill Fay. “Montgomery County transit riders will soon get to experience one of the safest, most comfortable and quiet electric buses on the market.”
The 10 new electric buses will be assigned to MCDOT’s Silver Spring depot and service most routes operated from this location. The service areas will include Rockville, White Flint, Glenmont, Wheaton, Briggs Chaney, Burtonsville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Bethesda.
“These electric buses are a clean option that will allow us to maintain excellent service and help us achieve a zero-emissions transit fleet by 2035,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin.
GILLIG buses are known for their reliability, durability, safety and efficiency features as well as being the lowest cost buses to maintain. That’s been achieved over the years, in part, through the all-American quality craftsmanship that goes into building GILLIG buses. The buses are built on the company’s proven low-floor platform design and feature Cummins propulsion systems.
In developing the product, GILLIG has put the buses through rigorous engineering validation testing, including most recently at the Larson Transportation Institute's Bus Research and Testing Center located in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
GILLIG’s deep experience with electrification dates to 2001 with development of an electric trolley bus. For the next two decades, GILLIG perfected electrification technologies in its hybrid and battery electric product offerings.