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Maine bus services hope to transition to electric buses

Two Maine bus services are hoping to replace diesel buses with something more efficient. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Two Maine bus services are hoping to replace diesel buses with something more efficient.

"Greater Portland Metro" and "Shuttle Bus Zoom," are hoping to transition to a cleaner and quieter fleet in the coming years, so they tested out a new bus Tuesday.

It's electric-powered and can run all day on a single charge, and holds up to 77 passengers.

Officials say the cost to operate and maintain the electric fleet is cheaper, saving tens of thousands of dollars per year compared to diesel buses.

Electric bus maker "Proterra," brought in the bus Tuesday, and could be a possible partner for a federal grant.

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