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King County Metro Introduces 100% Electric, Zero-Emission Buses in Bellevue

February 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Energy, Transportation

A new 40-foot bus hitting the streets of Bellevue is the first of its kind in Western Washington. King County Metro has purchased three all-electric zero-emission models for $750,000 per bus. The savings in fuel costs (an estimated $300,000-$400,000 per bus) will likely save Metro money in the long run.  With only 10 minutes of charge, electricbusthe 77 passenger bus can travel about 23 miles. For comparison the average diesel bus gets only 4 miles per gallon. Electric bus manufacturer Proterra estimates that in addition to saved fuel costs, electric models also save around $135,000 in maintenance costs over their lifetime. These buses were purchased with the help of a $4.7 million federal grant. For now all of the new model’s routes center around Bellevue. King County Metro, a national leader, is attempting to meet the goal of converting every bus in its fleet to hybrid or electric by 2018!

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