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Supersizing electric vehicles

Supersizing Electric VehiclesWhile most electric vehicles (EVs) on the road are small – think the Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S – several new players want to go big in the future.

Proterra, an electric bus manufacturer, has unveiled the 40-foot Catalyst transit bus capable of transporting 77 passengers.  The zero-emission Catalyst can be recharged at commuter stops because it requires eight minutes to charge.  

BYD Motors also has an electric bus, with 10 vehicles on the road for the Long Beach (CA) Transit Authority.  The company has a waiting list for other California agencies.

Wrightspeed Inc. is manufacturing electric powertrains, which are heavy-duty enough to propel Class 3 through 8 vehicles, such as garbage trucks, all day.

 

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