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Could 2015 Be the Year of the Electric Bus?

It’s beginning to look more and more like 2015 won’t be the year of the flying car, but we may end up with a mode of transportation that’s just as cool.

You may have already seen a zero-emission all-electric bus or two roaming the streets of Los Angeles, Reno, or Altoona, PA. It’s a sight that’s about to become a lot more common around the country as cities large and small are putting clean energy grants to good use. We spotted the above ZeroBus in Louisville, KY, where ten of the clean machines are slated to start ushering commuters just after the new year.

This is a VERY good thing. While taking a city bus is a good way to minimize your personal carbon footprint, the buses themselves typically only get about 4 miles per gallon. Yeah, 4. Figuring those buses roll for about 2,000 miles per week, that’s 500+ gallons of diesel per bus per week — 26,000 gallons per year. That means Louisville’s fleet alone will stop more than a quarter million gallons of carbon-spewing diesel from burning just in 2015.

Instead of carbon, ZeroBuses will emit only happiness, running for two hours on a single charge and recharging in just 10 minutes.

We can’t be certain where 2015 will take us, but at least we know that if we’re going by bus, we’re moving in the right direction.

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