SouthWest Transit announced Friday the addition of three new electric vehicles (EV).
All three will be used for SW Prime, the transit service’s on-demand rideshare service. The addition of the vehicles sets SouthWest Transit on a path of fulfilling one of its goals identified in its Agency Sustainability Plan — converting its entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2050.
The three vehicles joining the SW Prime service are two 2022 C40 all-electric Volvos that offer 225 miles per charge and a Ford Transit Passenger Van that was converted from gas to electric propulsion and has 140 miles per charge.
All have been in use since mid-July. Along with the company’s continued transition to becoming fully electric with its vehicles by 2050, the agency is also developing a plan for adding EV charging infrastructure for passenger vehicles at its facilities.
SouthWest Transit provides public transit service for Chanhassen, Chaska and Eden Prairie, and express bus service to Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.