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King County Metro Transit Welcomes All-Electric Buses

King County Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond recently unveiled the first of three Proterra battery-powered, all-electric buses that the Seattle agency will test this year on two heavily traveled routes.

“The deployment of our new battery buses moves us a step closer to achieving our goal of having an all-electric and hybrid fleet within three years,” Desmond said. “These investments will allow us to increase service through 2020 with no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. On a broader scale, these types of green investments will advance this technology within our own industry.”

The addition of the three buses means that almost 70 percent of the agency’s fleet operates with either all-electric or hybrid-electric technology.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, chair of the King County Metro Transit board, also participated in the event.

King County Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond welcomes the first electric bus to the fleet.

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