Rochester Public Transit to demo electric bus

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Rochester Public Transit announced Monday that it will demonstrate a zero-emission, electric-powered bus on Thursday.

The bus will be at the RPT operations center in the morning for an inspection by RPT mechanics. Between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. the bus will be parked for public viewing at the downtown transit center at the Second Avenue Southwest bus stop, across from Mayo Clinic's Hilton Building.

The bus is manufactured by Proterra, which has facilities in South Carolina and California. To date, Proterra has secured 14 transit customers, more than 100 firm orders and more than 300 contracted options, according to RPT.

The zero-emission buses have logged more than 1 million miles of revenue service in cities, including Seattle; Tallahassee, Fla.; Reno, Nev.; San Antonio, Texas; Stockton and Pomona in California; Nashville; and Louisville, Ky.

The buses are made of carbon fiber and advanced composite materials and are the lightest and most efficient 40-foot transit vehicles on the market. Two model buses are offered with different operating ranges of 50 to 180 miles and recharging times of 10 to 90 minutes.

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