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LINK's ETrolley Project Grows 12/27/2011
As we reported yesterday, LINK Transit’s long delayed electric trolley has hit the road, making its first rounds in Wenatchee last week.
The “Current” line of 5 electric trolleys was supposed to be running well over a year ago, but the cutting edge technology has run into a number of complications.
The manufacturer, Ebus, is trying to fix a problem in the cooling system of the new fast charging lithium titrate batteries. So in the mean time they installed older nickel cadmium batteries on three of the trolleys. This will allow LINK to test the electric vehicles while they await the final versions to be delivered some time in the spring.
But LINK has so much hope for the success of the electric bus project that they applied for and were awarded a federal grant to build 5 more trolleys.
LINK General Manager Richard DeRock says preliminary tests looked so good, they decided to apply for and were awarded a federal grant to build 5 more busses.
DeRock says they hope to replace the local busses in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, but if the full tests on the first 5 electric busses don’t prove as effective as they anticipate, they may find another project to spend the funds on.
DeRock added that LINK will have 4 years to spend the federal grant, and they will fully test the first 5 electric vehicles before buying the next 5.