Brand new Asheville electric bus breaks down


The deployment of Asheville's first electric buses got off to a bumpy start.

First, delivery of the buses was delayed.

Then, yesterday, one of the brand new buses broke down.

PJ Glenn snapped a picture of the bus from Hendersonville Road.

The bus is one of five that the city purchased from Greenville, SC company Proterra:

The purchase of these electric buses was primarily made possible through Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funding. In September 2017, the City’s Transportation Department won a highly-competitive grant to purchase zero-emission buses through the FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program. The City of Asheville was selected as the only award recipient in North Carolina and was granted $633,333. This grant, combined with others intended for transit capital purchases, allowed the City to purchase the five zero-emission, battery-electric buses from Proterra.

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