Metro Transit will try out all-electric buses in St. Paul and Minneapolis next week, as the agency looks at how the buses might lower fuel costs and emissions.
The Star Tribune says electric buses from New Flyer, which has plants in St. Cloud and Crookston, will be demonstrated April 21 and 22 on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and W. 7th Street in St. Paul.
The paper said test rides on the electric buses will be offered to officials from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on April 22. Rides also will be offered to the public on April 21 and 22, but those routes and times haven’t been scheduled yet.
Other manufacturers will bring their electric buses to the Twin Cities for test drives next month. Metro Transit already uses many hybrid buses; with all-electric buses, the agency will have to build charging stations along the selected routes.