Owensboro Transit unveils new electric bus

Owensboro Transit unveils new electric bus
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 6:00 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The Owensboro Transit System unveiled its first electric bus on Thursday.

The bus can carry 62 passengers, making it the largest bus in the city’s fleet. It can travel 150 to 200 miles on one charge.

Director of Public Works Stephen Franklin says the city is excited to have this in their fleet, especially with rising fuel costs.

“This does not operate on diesel, and we’re all experiencing inflation in that category,” Franklin said. “The fact that we can get one of our buses off of that and onto battery power is extremely exciting.”

Franklin says if the bus operates smoothly, there may be plans to purchase more electric buses in the future. The bus is expected to begin service in the next couple of weeks.

Owensboro Transit officials say they will be watching the bus to make sure it meets the needs of customers, but also reduce emissions in the process.

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