Hot off the heels of new Green Line trains, the Silver Line has begun phasing in a new addition to its fleet. Last night was the inaugural run of battery-electric buses on the SL3 – unlike the current dual-mode buses, which have to change from electric wire to diesel power at Silver Line Way, these new vehicles can change to electric mode on the fly, meaning no more wait times at Silver Line Way! The bus also ran in electric mode on the Chelsea busway, which is better for emissions, although unfortunately it’s locked to 20 miles an hour in that mode for the time being. I look forward to seeing these roll out in the future!
New Battery-Electric Buses on the Silver Line!
by Miles Taylor | Dec 29, 2018 | Miles on the MBTA | 8 comments
HOW DO YOU ALWAYS CATCH THE NEW VEHICLES?
Insider info. ?
I bet he waits around for hours.
So they only are able to charge at the Newmarket depot, huh?
It actually recharges while it’s in diesel mode!
Hey as a sl3 driver I am looking forward to the new silver line bus ! Yes ?
They should ditch the diesel engines and get fully electric busses, they could even put trolleypolls on them so they can charge from the trolleypolls in the transitway rather than have to go out of service to the depot to charge.