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The local Knoxville community joined Knoxville Area Transit and other city leaders on Monday to see the electric transit buses that are coming to KAT over the next few years. Standing in front of Everly Park late afternoon, Mayor Madeline Rogero spoke at the unveiling ceremony to explain more about the long process of getting the new electric bus and commending all of the hard work that went into finally being able to show off the history making new bus in Knoxville.

According to WBIR, the city had been considering a nearly $5.5 million resolution to purchase up to 25 ‘zero-emission’ electric buses with charging stations over a period of five years. City leaders later reduced that number down to four buses and then approved the measure to execute an agreement with New Flyer of America.

New Flyer was on-hand with an Excelsior CHARGE and let the crowd take a ride after the announcement. During the ride, a spokesperson from New Flyer explained the ins and outs of the electric bus and answered a few questions from curious passengers. Besides running on an alternative green power, the electric bus features better fuel economy, lower fuel costs, lower maintenance costs, and a quieter ride.

KAT has much more to celebrate as they have recently seen an increase in ridership  (12%) which is bucking the national trend. They also currently have hybrids as 33% of their large bus fleet and  the new all-electric buses will have 388 kWh capacity. Which means those all-electric buses will get nearly 200 miles on a full charge, and save between 100-180 metric tonnes of GHG emissions each year. This will significantly help the city towards its 2030 goal of reducing GHG emissions by 50% from all city operations.

The first all-electric KAT bus will operate along the Sutherland Avenue route, which serves downtown, the UT campus, Mechanicsville, Marble City and Bearden.

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ROUSH CleanTech unveiled its newest carbon footprint-friendly vehicle — an all-electric Ford F-650. The company, which includes propane autogas and compressed natural gas in its technology portfolio, is expanding its alternative fuel market (ROUSH already offers propane and CNG-powered conversions) with zero-emission electric vehicles.

“An electric battery option for medium-duty trucks and buses is a great fit as there is increasing demand in this gross vehicle weight range (GVWR) with very few OEM solutions,” said Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “This builds from our robust foundation already in place at ROUSH CleanTech that supports more than 1,200 customers and 19,000 propane and natural gas units on the road.”

Built on the Ford F-650 chassis, ROUSH CleanTech’s new fully electric vehicles will have a lithium ion battery system of up to 225 kilowatt hours and 700 volts. Depending on the vehicle’s GVWR, the average range will be up to 120 miles with a top speed of 75 miles per hour. The AC permanent magnet motor will have a continuous-rated power of 150 kilowatts (200 horsepower), with a peak-rated power of 250 kilowatts (335 horsepower).

“We are excited to leverage the company’s product development, supply chain, manufacturing and customer service expertise to support the expected growth in the medium-duty electric vehicle market,” said Mouw.

ROUSH CleanTech launched its new electric model at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California.

The company is currently participating in Ford’s eQVM process to become an Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier for electrified powertrains for commercial vehicles.

ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Michigan. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses, and compressed natural gas fuel systems for Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across North America. Learn more at or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.


June 14, 2020 June 17, 2020

The longest-running conference devoted to electric mobility and technologies

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The 33rd edition of the Electric Vehicle Symposium will assemble global leaders from industry, government, and academia in Portland to explore and discuss the technical, policy, and market achievements—and challenges—in advancing the electrification of transportation.

EVS33 features a comprehensive program, a major trade show, presentations on leading-edge electric mobility products and research, and a highly visible and well attended Public Day that includes access to the Ride Drive and Charge as well as to the Expo floor.

EVS33 is hosted by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the only trade association that represents the entire value chain of electric drive, and promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.

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Symposium Objectives for EVS33

CONVENE leading electric drive professionals from academia and industry to participate in the Symposium and Exposition. PROVIDE a comprehensive program highlighting the latest innovations in electric drive technologies, policies, and market strategies. CATALYZE industry and academic collaboration through participant networking opportunities. MAXIMIZE industry and participant visibility across international, US, regional and local media platforms. HIGHTLIGHT global policy leadership and initiatives for electric drive. ASSEMBLE the largest and most diverse exposition of electric drive technologies and products from around the world to promote industry development and consumer understanding.


Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)

Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232 United States
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