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Delaware to Expand Fleet of Electric DART Buses With $2.6 Million Grant

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One of DART's new electric buses. One of DART's new electric buses.

DOVER, Del. --- Delaware will have at least 20 electric buses providing public transportation around the state by 2021 with the help of $2.6 million in federal grant money, officials announced on Tuesday.

DART First State already utilizes six electric buses in Kent County, though officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation say another 10 buses have already been ordered and will be available elsewhere in the state.

DelDOT Secretary Jen Cohan said the $2.6 million in federal grant money will be used to purchase an additional four electric buses that have engines powered by electricity, rather than diesel.

"The longevity of these buses outweighs anything we have in our inventory right now so they last longer, they're cleaner, they're easier to maintain," she said.

The electric vehicles, Cohan said, allow DelDOT to reduce emissions from its vehicles while improving efficiency by four to five times over diesel engine buses.

Keith Campbell, a driver for DART, said the new buses can also accelerate faster than existing ones.

"It's got a little bit of giddy up and a two-speed transmission," he said. "Once you get up above 25 she'll get up and go."

 

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