The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), which provides public transportation in the Greater Louisville, Ky., area, has launched a fleet of all-electric buses.
The 10 ‘ZeroBus’ vehicles were manufactured by South Carolina-based Proterra Inc. and replace TARC's diesel-powered trolleys. In fuel costs alone, TARC expects to save $10,000 annually from each electric bus.
The vehicles and two charging stations represent an $11 million investment, with the bulk of funding coming from federal and state grants. Louisville Metro contributed $500,000.
“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who joined TARC representatives and other local officials on a maiden ZeroBus trip Monday.