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February 2013 Issue

Ben Franklin Transit Goes Electric to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint


Ben Franklin Transit is part of an alternative energy demonstration project that includes development of a battery-powered, all-electric remanufactured transit bus that has the capability of going over 100 miles. The bus, when completed, will have all electrical components, auxiliary wiring, seats, air conditioning systems, and flooring replaced with high quality new parts. The all-electric drive system, motor, controller and advanced Li-ion battery packs will be installed, as will a new, energy efficient air conditioning system. As many USA parts and components as possible were sourced, resulting in the bus being "Buy America" compliant. Read more...

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