New Flyer Industries XT60
|Years of manufacture||2014 to present|
The New Flyer Industries XT60 is an articulated electric trolleybus from New Flyer's Xcelsior line. It was introduced after New Flyer successfully bid on a contract for King County Metro's next generation of trolleybuses. The San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) teamed up with King County Metro to jointly purchase the coaches on the same contract, a move that lowered pricing. The first pilot bus was delivered to San Francisco in March 2015 and the first coach went into revenue service in May 2015.
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) purchased 60 coaches that were delivered between 2015 and 2016. King County Metro purchased 64 coaches that were delivered between 2015 and 2016.
In mid-2016, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) exercised an option to purchase an additional 33 coaches that are scheduled to be delivered in 2017.
King County Metro planned to exercise an option to purchase an additional 13 coaches for the RapidRide G Line. These coaches would have been equipped with five doors (two doors on the driver's side of the coach in addition to the three doors on the curb side of the bus). King County Metro purchased XDE60s with 5 doors instead due to concerns of the power of a single motor as the route climbed many hills.
Like the E60LFR, New Flyer worked with Vossloh Kiepe to integrate their electrical equipment into the bus. Equipment such as inverters and resistors are located on the roof ahead of the current collector (trolley poles). A traction motor, supplied by Škoda, and auxiliary power unit (lithium ion phosphate batteries) as well as HVAC are located at the rear.
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