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Proterra – American Innovation

Positive Future #256 (Feature photo – New Proterra 40 Foot Catalyst Bus – courtesy of Proterra) Proterra, the American electric bus company from California, just inked another deal with a public transportation company. This time it is the city of Edmonton, Canada that just ordered 25 Proterra electric buses. These new fully electric buses will replace 25 aging diesel buses. The buses have a range of around 250 miles before needing to be charged. You can learn more about the company here: https://www.proterra.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Oslo, Norway – Orders Articulated Electric Buses from BYD (China)

Positive Future #208 (Feature photo – BYD Electric Buses – CCA SA 4.0 International) The rising tide of electric buses replacing diesel buses is steadily gaining traction. CleanTechnica reported that the City of Oslo, Norway just ordered 42 articulated electric buses from BYD – the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer with operations in the U.S. and Europe. The city of Oslo has been testing the buses since last December on lines that carry 50,000 people a day. Satisfied with the test, the city has now ordered the 42 buses. These articulated buses are very large – almost 60 feet long with an ability to bend in the middle. You can…

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How Your Town Can Get an Electric Bus

Positive Future #198 (Feature photo – BYD Electric Bus – CCA SA 4.0 International) Many municipal transportation companies must work hard to raise the capital to buy just one new bus. Depending upon size and features, new public buses can cost upwards of $800,000. Now, the world’s largest electric bus maker – BYD – has teamed with a finance partner which is starting with a $200 million fund to enable leasing the new buses. Municipalities can now lease a new bus and pay monthly. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/10/byd-introduces-new-200-million-electric-bus-leasing-program-in-partnership-with-generate-capital/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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America is #1 With This Fleet of Electric Buses for L.A. Airport

Positive Future #139 (Feature photo – Articulated 60-Foot Electric Bus slated for LAX – CCA SA 2.0 Photo courtesy of Los Angeles World Airport) The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the purchase of 20 60-foot articulated battery-powered electric buses. These new buses will shuttle travelers between terminals and gates. Once the buses arrive, the Los Angeles airport will have the largest fleet of electric buses at an airport in the world. The buses are projected to lower pollution, reduce noise and reduce operating costs when compared to older diesel buses. This news comes on the heels of much larger electric bus plans for Los Angeles. The city plans…

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Do Oil Companies See This One Coming?

Positive Future #135 (Feature photo – Shepherds– CCA SA 2.0 Generic) CleanTechnica recently posted a story that could keep investors buying and owning fossil fuel stocks and bonds awake at night. There are now 400,000 electric buses operating in the world’s congested cities. Every five weeks China produces another 9,500 electric busses headed to cities around the globe. And, there are a number of other major electric bus manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and India. By the end of this year, Bloomberg predicts that electric busses will be displacing 279,000 barrels of diesel fuel per day – that’s 102 million barrels a year. The oil industry must already be feeling…

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Yutong Buses – Manufacturing Change

Positive Future #101 (Feature photo – Yutong Bus – CCA SA 4.0 International) Most of us have never heard of a company called Yutong. Yet, this Chinese company is the world’s largest producer of buses. The company has also become the largest manufacturer of new energy buses with a dedicated facility of some 14.3 million square feet (330 acres). This facility, built in 2012, has the capacity to build 30,000 new energy buses including fully electrics. Making news this week is that small city of Roskilde, Dennmark – which announced that over the course of the next 12 months, they will replace their public buses (20 in total) with fully…

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Katowice, Poland – Is Not in California

Positive Future #88 (Feature photo – Modern Electric Bus – photo courtesy of Winnipeg Transit) Clean Technica just posted an unusual story. The city of Katowice, Poland just announced it was purchasing 300 electric buses. This city of only 300,000 people (amidst a metropolitan area of 2.7 million people) is not in California – the most progressive state as relates to electrification of transportation. No city in the U.S., that we’ve heard of, has anywhere near 300 electric buses. In fact, most U.S. cities are just now toying with the idea and a few progressive cities are starting to test a handful of electric buses. Poland, a small nation in…

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Go America!

Positive Future #82 (Feature photo – Flag of the City of Shreveport – Public Domain) The city of Shreveport, in the state of Louisiana, just announced that it was transitioning 10 percent of its city buses to full battery-electric 40-foot Proterra buses. This is a first for Shreveport (a metro area of 450,000 people) and for Louisiana. What makes it even more exciting is that Proterra is an American company specializing in next-generation emissions-free transportation. The transition is not only about clean air, but the new buses will save the community over $2.2 million in maintenance and fuel costs over their service lives. Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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How Big is the Electric Bus Revolution?

Positive Future #73 (Feature photo – A Row of BYD Electric Buses– CCA SA 4.0 International) The city of London is methodically transforming its bus routes to be fully electric – no gas or diesel buses. News came recently that London just electrified its 4th route – called Route 153 – with 11 electric buses from BYD (A Chinese Bus Company). BYD has bus manufacturing facilities in China, The U.S, and in Europe. So, here is the kicker. BYD sold more than 14,000 electric buses world-wide in 2017. On other news, American electric bus manufacturer – Proterra – made global news recently when one of its electric buses – on…

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Can Poor Nations – Leapfrog over First-World Nations?

Positive Future #57 (Feature photo – Flag of Alexandria – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Egypt, a poor nation of almost 100 million people, is looking to the future with the same anxiety as most people in first-world nations. Oddly, as the bus system of the U.S. capital is touting new diesel electric buses, Alexandria, Egypt is celebrating its first fully electric buses and new charging points. Chinese bus manufacturing company BYD is delivering 15 (K9 12-meter) all electric buses to Alexandria and installing 18 charging points. These are some of the same buses that made global news recently when the city of Shenzhen announced it now had over 16,000 electric…

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