Is It the End of Battery Electric Buses for Milwaukee?

  • Date: 11/07/2023

Milwaukee County’s top transportation officials recently said there are no battery electric bus (BEB) manufacturers the county can do business with in the near term.

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) began operating its first BEBs along the new bus rapid transit service, Connect 1, in June. Those buses were made by the Canadian manufacturer Nova Bus. Earlier this year, Nova Bus exited the U.S. market. And the county has already had to replace the batteries due to a manufacturing issue.

Officials say the manufacturers that remain in the market are either having trouble with their technology or would be unable to fulfill an order any time in the next few years.

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