- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - King County Executive Dow Constantine has announced plans to purchase dozens of battery-powered buses after a successful test of the electric vehicles last year.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/2jBqGcR ) that Constantine said Tuesday that King County Metro is planning to buy 73 of the buses from California-based company Proterra. Metro will pay $55 million for the 40-foot vehicles and $6 million for charging stations. Most of the costs will be federally funded.

Constantine also challenged the electric vehicle industry to build a 60-foot-long battery-powered bus to accommodate the more than 400,000 daily passengers of King County Metro, the nation’s seventh-busiest public bus agency.

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple says the company is capable of making the larger battery-powered buses, although it doesn’t have any clients that have asked for such models.

___

Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide