FlixBus partners with MCI to operate a pilot route of electric buses
FlixBus has partnered with Motor Coach Industries (MCI) for its first electric bus pilot program in the Los Angeles metro area.
The main objectives of this nearly two-week pilot program are to bring EV service to more passengers and to test how bus partners can use an electric bus as part of their daily operations. To date, FlixBus has implemented electric bus pilot programs in seven West Coast cities.
“Since entering the US market in 2018, FlixBus has believed in the potential of the US intercity bus system,” said Pierre Gourdain, General Manager of FlixBus USA. “With this project, we are continuing our journey to provide millions of people with sustainable and affordable mobility and we are helping to ensure that intercity buses are at the heart of the green mobility revolution.”
Local bus partner of FlixBus, based in Los Angeles Alvand Transportationis offering electric bus service from downtown Los Angeles to San Diego, along one of the busiest bus routes in the United States, for 11 days starting May 17.
Alvand joined with FlixBus in 2018, making it one of the first FlixBus partners in the country. Alvand, known for its consistent high quality service, is keenly interested in electrifying its fleet in the near future.
$9.99 each way
The all-electric coach, LOAD J4500 provided by MCI, is a zero-emission version of the industry’s best-selling J-Series tour and luxury charter coaches. The bus takes advantage of New Flyer’s EV technology and offers a range of over 200 miles, while offering enhanced safety features.
“Our J4500 CHARGE has been engineered for high performance through unrivaled design, with every detail developed to deliver an exceptional passenger experience while enabling emission-free travel with clean, safe and reliable mobility,” said Chris Stoddart, president of NFI North America Bus and Coach. , one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mass mobility solution buses under the brands New Flyer (heavy-duty transit buses), MCI (coaches), Alexander Dennis Limited (single- and double-decker buses), Plaxton ( coaches), ARBOC (Low Floor Cutaway Buses and Medium Duty Buses) and NFI Parts.
For just $9.99 per ride, FlixBus invited Metro Los Angeles residents, travelers and more to experience the future of intercity bus travel. The pilot operates May 17-28, with daily service from downtown Los Angeles to San Diego with one trip per day in each direction, including a stop in La Jolla.
Pilot program trips will depart downtown Los Angeles at 9:55 a.m. daily, while buses departing from Old Town San Diego will depart at 4:30 p.m.
The key sustainability of the mission
FlixBus has long made sustainability a key part of its mission to provide economical, convenient, and environmentally friendly transportation for everyone across its growing network of more than 200 destinations in the United States and Canada.
In addition to biogas and hydrogen bus pilot programs in Europe, Intercity Bus Service has been a market leader in supporting the development of all-electric, carbon-neutral intercity buses in North America.
The company was the first to operate a intercity electric bus driver in 2019 between Sacramento and San Francisco and the first interstate electric bus driver in U.S. history in 2021 between Seattle, Washington, and Eugene, Oregon.