The manufacturer of new hybrid buses that Metro bought last year is going to repair some of the vehicles because they can develop shorts in their battery systems, transit officials said Wednesday.
Forty-seven buses are to be repaired because of a “potential for an electrical short within the energy storage system,” said Dan Stessel, Metro’s chief spokesman.
He said Metro was notified last week by New Flyer of America, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, of the defect.
Stessel said Metro plans to keep operating the buses, which serve routes in Montgomery County and the District. He said Metro has received “certification” from New Flyer and BAE Systems, which supplies an electric propulsion system for the bus, that the vehicles are safe to use.
New Flyer and BAE Systems are working to fix the problem, Stessel said, with BAE Systems paying for the work. He did not know immediately how much it will cost.