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Gas-guzzling bus fleets may be a thing of the past

Electric vehicles are slowly beginning to populate the city streets and highways of the world in greater and greater numbers. Most are pint-sized people movers designed to get you to work and back without the hassle — and environmental impact — of stopping for a fill-up. The latest vehicle by bus maker Trans Tech is anything but tiny, but it's just as green as any zero-emission vehicle on the road.

It's called the eTrans, and its creators hope it will replace the gas-guzzling behemoths we normally see populating school parking lots. From the outside, you might not suspect that the eTrans is an all-electric vehicle, as it looks similar to most standard school buses we see today. But under its familiar hood lies a pair of 278-volt lithium ion batteries that can power its 120kW motor for up to 130 miles on a single charge.

The giant green machines are able to reach speeds of up to 60mph — more than enough for most school bus routes — and take 10 hours to recharge. The eTrans will be able to take advantage of off-peak electricity times as well, since the vast majority will be used during the day and recharged overnight. A pilot program for the new electric buses will begin in early 2012, with full-scale production expected to commence later that year.

[via Autoblog Green]

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