We promised to tell the story of Sparky & Bolt MTA’s first electric buses which were unveiled at a Terminal Station press conference on Friday, October 16. The story spans more than 3 years when MTA won a federal transportation grant. It’s pretty remarkable actually.
MTA was the only transit authority in Georgia to be selected and only one of six authorities nationwide to win the top prize of $1.75 million. The funds bought MTA two K9S zero-emission electric buses manufactured by BYD (Build Your Dreams) in Lancaster, California. Sparky & Bolt have a range of up to 215 miles, with a top speed of 62.5 mph and charging time is 3-4 hours. They hold 32 passengers + 1 driver & are ADA compliant with 2 wheelchair positions.
MTA thanks Macon-Bibb County for SPLOST funding for the $1.17 million charging station. The buses will be used on MTA’s newest route, the Second Street Corridor, Macon’s complete street that runs from I-16 to I-75.