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Electric buses get to work in Louisiana

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The electric bus manufacturer, Proterra, continue to increase their reach – this time fulfilling an initial order of five new electric buses on the job now in Louisiana.

Transporter operator, SporTran, has deployed Louisiana’s first fleet of zero-emission, battery-electric buses in the southern U.S. state’s third largest city - Shreveport.

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The Proterra 40′ Catalyst E2 buses are expected to save more than $2.2 million (USD) on maintenance and fuel over the lifetime of the five vehicles.

Those savings will, according to SporTran, be reinvested into “improving bus routes, technology and rider experience”.

While its estimated the 12 year operational life of the buses will see more than 18 million pounds (8 million kilograms) of greenhouse gas emissions saved.

The government grant provided to SporTran for the purchase of the five Proterra buses will also fund the installation of three depot chargers and an on-route fast charger.

“In the wake of a devastating hurricane season for surrounding communities, we’re reminded by our long-term mission to sustainably serve Shreveport and our neighbors,” said Dinero Washington, CEO at SporTran.

“This means providing reliable and safe transit for all. It also means providing innovative and cost-saving solutions that ensure clean, reliable transit today and for years to come.

“We’re proud to partner with Proterra and introduce these new zero-emission buses into our fleet.”

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