will create a better society later.”
The bus is 100 percent electric, emitting
zero tailpipe emissions or pollutants and
reducing CO2 emissions by 243,980 pounds
annually per diesel vehicle replaced. It also
substantially reduces noise pollution. Be-
cause the bus has a similar drive train to a
garbage truck, it is being used to help the mu-
nicipality research the possibility of electri-
fying garbage trucks in the future.
It is also creating quite a buzz among the
general public. “People think that it’s cool,
and it’s funny to see cars pull up beside it to
hear the sound it’s not emitting,” says Hassan
of this much quieter mode of transportation.
Now that the pilot project is over, informa-
tion will be compiled, though it will come
with some caveats. “You can only lease a spe-
cific prototype that has half the battery size
of a bus that would normally be in the fleet,”
says Hassan. “While a bus would typically
have eight battery packs and a range of 300
miles on a single charge, the prototype has
four battery packs and can go up to 150 miles
on a single charge.”
A purchased bus would also have a cold
weather package, which includes a stand-alone
Juneau conducts an EV Round Up every September
as part of National Drive Electric Week.
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