DTA Purchases Six Electric Buses
Buses to Reduce Costs, Pollution, Noise
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After a year-long grant process, the city of Duluth has been awarded six electric buses.
The 40-foot Proterra zero emission electric buses will help give the city and edge in securing the newest breed of buses.
The fast growing plug in bus company based in South Carolina has made it’s way all the way to the Northland.
These buses will get a workout in Duluth as our harsh winters will test the buses capabilities.
In the cold, the charge time increase from five to six minutes.
Two charging stations will be installed — one at UMD and another at the Duluth Transportation Center.
The DTA says the new addition will help reduce costs while providing a quieter ride for the public.
“They’re anticipating these buses can last up to 18 years. So, we wouldn’t have to replace our buses that often. Plus, the annual offering costs would be substantially less and then there’s the zero emission factor too,” said DTA general manager Dennis Jensen.
Charging stations will be installed late this year with the buses in action next spring.
The buses will operate through UMD to reduce pollution.