NASA Electric Bus Quietly Tours Kennedy NASA

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Steven Siceloff

NASA’s F. Kennedy Space Center

A new bus an unusual impression on officials at Kennedy Space Center in recently when the all-electric carried a contingent of center, and local officials on a tour of launch site.

Driving the Vehicle Assembly Building, the bus so little noise it couldn’t be out from among the ambient outside the facility.

Your first impression be that it’s not even on, it’s not even running, engineer Joel Torr the group just before climbed aboard for the ride. aren’t used to this quiet, clean bus. very strange compared to out there.

Perhaps the most aspect of the vehicle, though, is the of saving fuel and maintenance while operating a bus that no emissions.

We are actively promoting the use of fuel vehicles when said John Thiers of the Operations directorate.

The fleet of vehicles operated at has been progressing toward a share of alternatively fueled for a number of years as more have become available.

natural gas and ethanol-powered cars Kennedy’s sprawling networks of with gasoline-fueled vehicles — the center covers acres, after all.

was the first time an electric bus has offered, though. Space Energy Consortium arranged the which included officials Florida and local county plus industry representatives General Motors.

Greenville, Proterra developed the bus, the EcoRide, and say it stands as the only bus to pass a rigorous vehicular test known as Altoona simulates years of use over the of 15,000 miles.

We’re the only battery bus to do that, said Dale founder of Proterra. You’re to break the bus. We actually the bus nearly 500 miles in one 24-hour

The bus charges in 10 minutes and can run for 30 miles it has to be recharged, the company said. rate was improved during the tour, though, when the bus 30 miles on a third of its charge.

Cities that have electric buses use them on routes, providing mass for a metro area. That the buses always have stations nearby.

Kennedy not operate a route bus now, but is enough for its workforce to use a vehicle to between widely spaced areas, so there is a chance the bus could make a route the center possible, economical and friendly.

The Kennedy Space Visitor Complex, which is by Delaware North, had a representative at the The visitor complex uses buses to move visitors the complex’s main location and stops on the center, including the V Center.

Hill said the company is increased demand across-the-board for an bus.

It took about 10 for the hybrid-electric bus market to come out said. (The all-electric market has taken off in something two years.

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