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.

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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.

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Via Greentech Media