First of New MTD Electric Shuttles Arrives in Santa Barbara

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First of New MTD Electric Shuttles Arrives in Santa Barbara
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Source: Santa Barbara MTD

Over twenty-five years after the launch of the nation’s first electric transit fleet, Santa Barbara MTD recently welcomed the first of fourteen new BYD battery electric vehicles.

MTD’s existing fleet of fourteen twenty-two foot E-Bus electric shuttles serve the Downtown-Waterfront Shuttle on State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard, the Crosstown Shuttle route connecting Santa Barbara’s Eastside and Westside neighborhoods, and the Seaside Shuttle loop in Carpinteria.

The new shuttles have modern battery-electric technology and a slightly larger passenger capacity, as they are 30 feet long. The shuttles are the same width as the original fleet. In addition to new battery technology, the BYD fleet will be equipped with GPS technology and will be trackable with MTD’s new SBMTD BusTracker smartphone app.

The fully-electric pilot vehicle made the 130 mile drive from BYD’s Lancaster facility to Santa Barbara MTD’s bus yard on one charge, and still had approximately 30 percent battery remaining.

The pilot shuttle will continue to undergo testing and drivers and mechanics will be trained on the new vehicle. The new shuttles will begin to be integrated with the old over the next several months.

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patrick Oct 15, 2017 12:44 PM
First of New MTD Electric Shuttles Arrives in Santa Barbara

I did miss the old electric shuttles after they were retired. I hope the windows are removable on these new ones, so we can continue to enjoy the fresh air and quiet ride, like we did with the old ones.

Tootie Oct 16, 2017 10:08 AM
First of New MTD Electric Shuttles Arrives in Santa Barbara

These new buses look very nice. However, the size concerns me. Our neighborhood on the Westside worked to get the full size, usually empty, diesel city buses from using our narrow street as a turn-around. The smaller open air shuttles were a lot less invasive. Now here we are back to full size buses! I just don't see the ridership to warrant such a large vehicle lumbering through quiet residential neighborhoods.

Goodland Momma Oct 16, 2017 10:31 AM
First of New MTD Electric Shuttles Arrives in Santa Barbara

That’s too bad - I like the idea of longer hauls and improved battery life - I just wish they had been able to keep the cute trolley feel of the existing shuttles. These just look like buses...I’m guessing my kids will not be begging to go on those as they have in the past...

a-1508175893 Oct 16, 2017 10:44 AM
First of New MTD Electric Shuttles Arrives in Santa Barbara

Maybe it's the only style of electric bus our City could afford? Maybe the only option? That said, I prefer the smaller size as well. Any answer on whether windows open or not? I'm too lazy to call The City.

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