WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro is recalling 47 electric hybrid buses due to a potential safety issued less than one year after they were purchased.
The recall stems from the potential for an electrical short within the lithium-ion battery that stores energy for use by the hybrid traction motor of the bus.
Metro is working with bus manufacturer New Flyer to retrofit the system.
Both the manufacturer and BAE Systems engineers have deemed the buses to be safe enough to continue normal operation while the repairs are being made.
As a precaution, Metro will be performing enhanced inspections of the buses during the retrofit process, which should be completed by May.
The hybrid buses represent only a small portion of Metro’s fleet of 1,492 buses.