Four all-electric buses will save Reno money

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Four all-electric buses will save Reno money

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Four all-electric buses have joined the public transportation fleet in Reno. The new rides will save money while cutting emissions.

Four all-electric buses have joined the public transportation fleet in Reno. The new rides will save money while cutting emissions. With the help of a nearly $4.7 million federal grant, the Regional Transportation Commission is the first in the state to use any all-electric buses.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the change is just the tip of the iceberg for lowering both pollution levels and fuel expenses in Nevada.

"They make no noise, they don't pollute the air, and they save huge amounts of money. I mean, this is a deal. A lot of the stuff we've been doing for so long is not good for us. Oil is not good. It's not good for the economy; the less we import the better off we are."

These four new buses will collectively save the city $200,000 a year. RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson says that if Reno can expand this service in the future with another four all-electric buses, that would double the annual savings and help the RTC address pressing transit needs throughout the community.

"That's $400,000. That's what it costs us to run a route for a year, so conceivably, we could put another route maybe into service. So, the needs of the seniors, the needs of our economic development initiatives, we're very, very optimistic these buses are going to help deliver this."

The buses can get up to 29 miles per gallon, compared to about 4 miles per gallon for a conventional bus, and they charge within 10 minutes while passengers load and unload. Gibson says the RTC could eventually have an entire fleet that's solely electric.