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First Electric Double-Decker Transit Bus Is Coming to America

  • Southern California to get bus manufacured by Alexander Dennis
  • Latest chapter in global shift toward battery-powered buses

The first electric, double-decker bus to be ordered by a public transit agency in the U.S. is headed for the Los Angeles area.

The vehicle, powered by battery technology from Proterra Inc. and manufactured by the U.K.-based bus builder Alexander Dennis, will join a Southern California transit agency’s fleet next year, according to a statement Thursday. Terms of the transaction with Foothill Transit weren’t disclosed. The companies said the bus marks North America’s first electric, double-decker bus order for a public transit agency.