News| Bus20th June 2024

MetroLINK Selects EO Charging to Install EV Infrastructure for its Electric Bus Fleet

EO will provide the EV Charging infrastructure for MetroLINK’s eBuses at its Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC) in Rock Island, IL and East Pointe Station in East Moline, IL 


Moline, IL – JUNE 19 2024 – MetroLINK, the Illinois Quad Cities public transit and mobility provider, has selected EO Charging “EO”, a global pioneer in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for depot-based fleets, to expand EV charging infrastructure for its electric bus network. EO will be providing its Full Fleet Electrification compromising of hardware, software and ongoing operation and maintenance services.  

EO will supply, install and optimize multiple charging stations at MetroLINK’s Operations & Maintenance Center (OMC) in Rock Island, IL and East Pointe Station in East Moline, IL. EO’s fleet management and energy management solutions will be installed to support the depot’s daily operations.    

The 2.2 million rides per year taken on MetroLINK services provide a vital connection to jobs, education, healthcare, and retail – all while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution. Committed to offering essential transportation connections for the community, the progressive agency continuously invests in cutting edge programming and infrastructure.   

“MetroLINK has a lengthy and impactful history of demonstrating innovative and sustainable approaches to providing public transportation, beginning over 20 years ago with our transition to compressed natural gas vehicles and technology investments. In addition to our compressed natural gas buses, 30% of our fleet consists of battery electric buses," remarked Jeff Nelson, CEO at MetroLINK. “Partnering with EO for this electrification project will ensure charging infrastructure reliability by pairing energy and charge management solutions with around-the-clock monitoring, remote-fix and onsite Operations and Maintenance; this enables MetroLINK to focus on our commitment to transporting our passengers.” 

EO will install and manage MetroLINK’s charging infrastructure for its electric bus fleet, which includes Level 3 DC fast chargers (DCFC) and on-route pantograph chargers. These solutions facilitate rapid charging and maximize space efficiency in the depot. EO’s fleet management solution, EO Cloud, and energy management solution, EO Hub, will oversee the chargers, ensuring comprehensive charge assurance. Additionally, EO will provide 24/7/365 support from its Technical Operations Center (TOC) and ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services to guarantee the optimal performance and reliability of MetroLINK’s electric bus charging infrastructure. An overview of EO’s services is outlined below:  

  • EO Cloud is an industry-leading fleet management system that provides depots with a real-time view of their charging infrastructure. Its intuitive dashboard offers detailed insights into the status and performance of all charging stations, promptly flagging any issues. Many of these issues can be automatically resolved through software.  

  • EO Hub is an energy management system which automates load management, distributing energy intelligently and safely throughout the depot. It enables fleet operators to utilize off-peak energy tariffs through load management and dynamic charge scheduling.  

  • TOC and O&M will provide 24/7/365 monitoring and remote interventions, identifying and solving problems before there is an impact on vehicle operations. In the event the software or TOC cannot fix the issue remotely, onsite O&M services include an onsite SLA, plus planned preventative maintenance. The combination of EO’s software and services is what provides customers with unrivalled uptime in the market <99.5%.  


“MetroLINK are a true pioneer in public transportation, so we are extremely excited to help them scale their electric bus fleet,” said John Walsh, President and CCO Americas at EO Charging. “Our full Fleet Electrification solution provides fleet operators with absolute charge assurance, giving them peace of mind to simply focus on their day-to-day operations. We are excited to demonstrate EO’s unique software stack combined with its 24/7/365 TOC and O&M proposition.  

EO Charging and MetroLINK are completing the OMC and East Pointe Station electrification projects in conjunction with AECOM to provide design and engineering services while serving as strategic partner in MetroLINK’s electric vehicle program management.  Discussions are already underway with AECOM to expand MetroLINK’s electrification program across additional facilities and further optimize its fleet deployments.  

Electric Bus Depot



About MetroLINK: 

MetroLINK is the Illinois Quad Cities public transit and mobility provider connecting eight communities through various modes of transit. Recognized as a national leader in sustainability and innovation, MetroLINK creates sustainable communities through thoughtful planning and infrastructure investments utilizing creative public/private partnerships. With a workforce of 160 people and 68 fixed route buses (30% Battery Electric and 70% Compressed Natural Gas), 15 ADA accessible vans, and three passenger ferryboats, MetroLINK provides Metro fixed-route bus service, complementary ADA paratransit service, Microtransit, seasonal passenger ferryboat service on the Mississippi River, and Special Transportation Services to individuals with disabilities.   

To learn more visit or follow @QCMetroLINK on LinkedIn and @MetroILQuadCities on Facebook.  

Media Contact: 
Lucie VanHecke 


About EO:   

EO Charging (EO) is a global pioneer in Electric Charging (EV) solutions for depot-based fleets. EO is on a mission to accelerate carbon-free transportation with the transition to electric fleets, promising to make charging simple, reliable, and accessible to fleets globally. EO offers commercial-grade charge assurance through its full technology and service stack, available as-a-service, and has unrivalled uptime in the market of >99% across its customer base.      

EO's EV infrastructure solutions offer depot design, electrical installation, grid upgrades, and ongoing operations and maintenance for car, van, truck, and bus fleets. Many of the world's largest and most complex fleet operators already use EO's technology, including Amazon, DHL, UPS, Tesco, and Ocado.   
To learn more, please visit and give us a follow @EOCharging on Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook.    

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