Gallery: New York City Unveils New Silent Electric Bus


Perhaps following London’s lead, the NYC Transit recently rolled out a new electric bus that uses a turbine engine to recharge a lithium-ion battery. Also eco on the inside, the interior is lit by LED panels and has room for 37 seats and, as any veteran NYC rider knows, can have at least double that amount standing. The buses hail from manufacturer, DesignLine — and while three buses are already operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan, 87 more could arrive by the end of 2010.

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  1. seamusdubh December 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Curiosity. Beyond the 90 minuet ride that the did for the article. What’s the actual range and or duration of operation of the bus?

  2. Kirsten Corsaro December 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, that’s exciting. It seems like buses are usually the loudest vehicles on city streets. I wonder if there’s any safety concern since people won’t be able to hear them coming.

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