The Utah Transit Authority took a close look Monday at a possible way to help clean Wasatch Front air: a zero-emissions electric bus with fast-charging technology that can operate 24/7 without conventional refueling.
Proterra brought its new second-generation electric bus for inspection by officials of UTA, Park City Transit and the media. UTA says while it is examining the bus for possible future use, it has not made any purchase commitments.
The price tag for the bus is $825,000, compared to about $400,000 for a diesel bus or $450,000 for a compressed natural gas bus. But Lee Wixom, regional sales representative for Proterra, said the savings on fuel and maintenance make the lifetime operational costs for the electric bus less expensive.