2018-06-08 / Business

The COMET showcasing all-electric bus

Contributed by Tiffany James

The Proterra All-Electric Transit Bus The Proterra All-Electric Transit Bus On Friday June 8 at 10:30 a.m., The COMET will showcase a Proterra all-electric transit bus at the Bruce Spires Administrative Building, 3613 Lucius Road.

The bus will operate on Route 12: Edgewood immediately after the reveal. There will be free rides on Route 12: Edgewood when this bus is on that route.

Additionally, the bus will be in service on the Soda Cap Connector Friday evening from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and then will then go on display Saturday, June 9 at the Soda City Market from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proterra vehicles are zero-emission, battery-electric buses manufactured in the South Carolina Upstate that reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels. Battery-electric buses can also help reduce operating costs.

The COMET is committed to providing clean energy mobility options to the Midlands. Nearly 60 percent of The COMET’s current fleet comprises propane-powered cut-away buses.

The COMET is partnering with Proterra to pursue a low or no-emissions federal grant to replace up to seven propane vehicles with electric vehicles. Electric buses would be a milestone for The COMET and the Midlands in the effort to achieve Mayor Steve Benjamin’s resolution to establish a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2036.

Community Leaders, stakeholders, and riders are all invited to attend.

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