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New IndyGo Buses Will Run 275 Miles on a Charge

A bus arrived this week for driver training

INDIANAPOLIS--The new electric buses that will be used on the Red Line and other rapid transit lines, are now being tested for use along the routes.

"When you drive an electric platform, an electric bus, and it's battery electric, it's not a hybrid and there's no fossil fuels consumed in this, you're cleaning the air," said Michael Austin, with Byd America, the California-based company that built the buses.

The 13 buses that will be used in Indianapolis can run 275 miles on a single charge.

"They're operating in the heart of the city where pollution can be the worst. And, you have a direct health impact," said Austin, talking with RTV6.

The bus that arrived this week is being used for driver training and for helping determine the specs of the routes. 

Red Line and rapis transit construction is expected to be complete next year.

PHOTO: RTV6

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