http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/12 ... power.htmlCalifornia ARB awards $9.5M to Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower electric buses and charging infrastructure
GreenPower Motor Company Inc. announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $9.5 million to the City of Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower EV350 40-foot zero-emission all-electric transit buses on all nine Porterville Transit routes, and to install the charging infrastructure including 11 charging stations.
The EV350 40-ft bus has a 320 kWh LiFePO4 battery pack providing some 185 miles of range (300 km); the two 85 kW drive motors are from Siemens. . . .
The grant award is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing clean-air benefits to California neighborhoods, with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities. California Climate Investments programs are funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions. . . .
While I'm all for this, I wonder how long it will be before any AFV bus can get by on a purely commercial basis, without relying on government grants. Seems we still have a long way to go.