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Greenlink testing Proterra buses Thursday

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Photo of the new Proterra buses (Courtesy: City of Greenville) Photo of the new Proterra buses (Courtesy: City of Greenville)

Greenlink will conduct test runs with new Proterra buses on Thursday in anticipation of adding a number of the electric buses to its fleet, according to Greenville city officials.

The 40-foot buses can accommodate 40 seated passengers and 37 standing, officials said.

The test bus will not be carrying passengers but will be traveling along existing and alternate Greenlink routes being developed in Greenlink’s ongoing Comprehensive Operations Analysis study.

Officials said the Greenville Transit Authority applied for a grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program.

If awarded the grant, GTA plans to purchase six Proterra zero-emission, battery-electric buses.

The Proterra Catalyst E2 series model buses are manufactured in Greenville.

Officials said Thursday’s test runs will help Greenlink staff determine which routes are best for the electric buses, based on route distance, speed, number of stops, and passenger load.

The buses can reportedly travel 251 miles per charge.

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