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Seneca, S.C. touts 'world's first all-electric bus fleet'

Posted on March 3, 2015

SENECA, S.C. — City, state and federal officials gathered Friday at the city of Seneca's Electric Transit Facility to celebrate the "world's first all-electric municipal bus fleet," USA Today reported.

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The city is running six electric buses built by Greenville-based bus manufacturer Proterra that cost up to $900,000 each but will pay for their extra cost in the reduction of fuel expenses in 12 years, said Dale Hill, founder of Proterra. They have a life expectancy of 18 years, the report said.

The buses, operated by Clemson Area Transit, can run for 35 miles between charges and get the equivalent of 19 miles per gallon compared to four miles per gallon for standard diesel buses. The Seneca buses have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 500,000 pounds since they went into service in September, according to Proterra CEO Ryan Popple, USA Today reported. For the full story, click here.

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