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Fast-Charging Electric Buses Coming to Southern California
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 31, 2010 @ 4:20 pm In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 2 Comments
Southern California isn’t exactly known for having the best public transportation system , but Foothill Transit, a public transportation agency in the San Gabriel/Pomona area, is about to get an impressive upgrade: all-electric  buses  that can charge up in under 10 minutes. Foothill bought three EcoRide BE35 all-electric  buses, along with two charging stations.
Both the buses and the charging stations  were purchased from Proterra, a startup that offers fast-charging electric vehicles for commercial use. The secret: Proterra’s mammoth 72 kilowatt-hour battery packs, which are 50% larger than those found in the Tesla Roadster. Of course, that kind of technology doesn’t come cheap — Foothill is paying $5.6 million for its buses and chargers .
With transportation agencies across the country facing major budget cuts, it’s unlikely that Proterra’s buses will find their way into big cities any time soon. But Foothill, at least, plans to expand its fleet to 12 buses if all goes well.
+ Proterra 
Via Greentech Media 
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 public transportation system: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/11/electric-transit-backpack-lets-you-fly-through-city-streets/
 all-electric: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/18/plug-n-go-ev-charging-station-showcased-at-green-energy-expo/
 buses: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/17/londons-hybrid-double-decker-bus-officially-unveiled-today/
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 chargers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/30/evatran-unveils-worlds-first-wireless-ev-charger/
 big cities : http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/16/new-york-city-unveils-first-federally-funded-ev-charging-station/
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 Greentech Media: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-electric-bus-hits-the-road/
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