Utah Transit Authority weighs electric buses

Wednesday , July 30, 2014 - 9:16 AM

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(Erin Hooley/Standard-Examiner) People get on and off one of the Utah Transit Authority's diesel

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Transit Authority is moving ahead with a plan to bring more electric buses onto its fleet.

Officials Monday took a look at various models of all-electric mass transit vehicles.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1klr62d ) one such version can run for a day without refueling, saving nearly 21 miles per gallon on a normal day.

UTA officials say they haven’t signed on to buy electric vehicles from any one manufacturer.

The agency has over 600 buses in its fleet, including 24 that rely on compressed natural gas.

Chief Capital Development officer Steve Meyers says the agency is considering adding up to 20 more natural gas vehicles in the next year.

Meyer says UTA is scoping out potential routes for the electric buses, but has no timetable.

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