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Charleston urged to consider electric buses

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A transportation official says the Charleston area should consider putting electric public buses on the road like those manufactured by Proterra Inc. of Greenville.

According to media reports, a board member of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority suggested that during a Wednesday meeting.

Patterson Smith says while the $1.2 million price of the electric bus is triple the cost of a diesel bus, it means less pollution and fewer worries about rising diesel fuel prices.

Smith says the agency should do all it can to get away from dependence on foreign oil.

The transportation authority is planning to replace about 80 of its 100 buses. The board is reviewing options that also include diesel, a diesel-electric hybrid and a bus powered by compressed natural gas.

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