Four Battery Buses to Operate in Mountain View, Calif.
Redwood City, Calif.-based Motiv Power Systems will supply four pure battery electric buses based on the Ford E-450 chassis to operate as free shuttles in Mountain View, Calif. on behalf of Google – the largest employer in the town.
The ADA-compliant, 16-passenger vehicles will make for “a free community shuttle service for people to get around the city for routine tasks like shopping, doctor’s appointments, going to the movies and visiting local parks,” states a Mountain View release.
They’re to commence operation this autumn as a two-year pilot program.
Cutting Down on Cars
“This service isn’t intended for commuting to work or school,” Mayor Chris Clark said in the town announcement. “It’s really about picking up a prescription, heading to the park, hopping downtown for lunch and catching an early matinee.
“It’s intended to make the things we love about Mountain View more accessible to the people who live and work here without putting more cars on the road to do it,” he said.
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