https://www.fastcompany.com/90423845/lo ... er=citylabOn Monday, a bright green electric bus drove the roughly 85 miles from San Francisco to Sacramento, charged up, and then drove back again. The test, run by the bus startup FlixBus and the bus manufacturer MCI, was the first pilot of a long-distance electric bus route in the U.S.
lixBus first launched electric bus routes in France and Germany in 2018. “They’re still being run today with the same electric buses, so we’ve seen proof and evidence of the long-distance and the long-term capabilities of a safe and reliable electric option overseas,” says Michael Kahn, head of business development at FlixBus USA. MCI, the manufacturer of the bus that the company will use in the U.S., is using pilot tests now to make any final tweaks of the design before manufacturing begins and the buses hit the road, likely in late 2020 or early 2021. Some of the first routes will include San Francisco to Sacramento, L.A. to San Diego, and Portland to Seattle. The buses have a projected range of 158 miles.
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Long-distance electric buses are coming to the U.S.
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Greyhound is in perennial trouble and probably can’t afford them or the new infrastructure.