Fleet Electrification Project:
King County Metro (KCM)
Transit System Electrification Planning
Client: King County Metro (KCM), Parametrix
Location: Seattle, WA
Metro operates the seventh largest fleet in the United States, consisting of nearly 1,500 diesel-hybrid, battery electric, and trolley buses. The agency plans to have a zero-emission fleet no later than 2040. As part of this year-long project, Microgrid labs is using the EVOPT Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to develop a bus battery service model for the entire King County Metro fleet. The goal of the modeling effort is to identify routes that can be served by electric buses, to identify energy requirements and to optimize charging scenarios using both depot and on-route layover opportunity charging to minimize energy usage and costs. The modeling services provided by Microgrid Labs will assist Metro with the decision-making process as they simultaneously expand and electrify their bus network over the next decade.