Utah Transit Authority eyeing electric bus options

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 29, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    This is a nice idea, but will it work. Right now the battery technology is really bad only delivers maximum performance in electric cars when the temperature is around 75 degrees. If you get warmer than that or colder than that performance can be significantly cut. Yes they say you can get the equivalent of 21 MPG, but is that under ideal conditions or is that what it will get during the winter?

    Read "AAA: Range of electric cars cut in cold, hot weather" on the AAA website or in USA Today.

    What is the point of running an electric bus if it results in an equivalent MPG that is less than a diesel engine?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 29, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    Re: "The initial cost of the bus is about $825,000 . . . ."

    Yeah, that's what SLC really needs, another million-dollar-a-copy [adding in the extras] toy, just so pampered, overpaid UTA execs can assure their back-East and Left-Coast tree-hugger buddies that Utah is doing its dictated duty in the deranged, leftist operation to prop up the crony-capitalist wing of the environmental movement.

    This lunacy would only make collective transportation more expensive, and cannot -- given the source of the electricity it'll consume -- reduce its "carbon footprint" by even a millimeter. But, hey, it'll sure make an expensive, symbolic show of "doing our duty" by Al Gore and his cronies, that are cynically playing us for chumps.

    It just shows that the cynical, tree-hugging, robber barons are actually right -- we are chumps.

    And we continue to demonstrate it by buying into scams like this one.

  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    July 29, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Where does the electricity get generated, and by what means? If it is generated by burning coal somewhere else to generate electricity for a "zero-emissions" transportation system, that is a bit disingenuous.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    July 28, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    Nice Article and cool technology but I must ask, are we now promoting the electricity public monopoly over fhe free market fossil fuel companies?