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  1. April Taylor said:

    I can’t wait to find an electric bus to ride in Madison! The dependence on fossil fuels has to stop!

    at 2:07 pm on October 4, 2018
  2. Aaron Scharff said:

    This is great! we need more initiatives in madison like this

    at 2:07 pm on October 4, 2018
  3. Glen Siferd said:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try one out. I can tote my bike on the front rack and travel all over town while generating zero emissions!

    at 2:08 pm on October 4, 2018
  4. April said:

    Way to go! This is only the beginning and I am happy to see Edge uses so many sustainable and renewable energies.

    at 2:09 pm on October 4, 2018
  5. Letitia Walker said:

    Breathing in Bus fumes anywhere in Madison is unhealthy. Walking around the Capitol or on Campus means our children are at risk. Electric Buses are imperative for our future. Efficiency is on everyones mind. This is a no brainer for our community. Really excited for a ride! Thanks for this great news and keep the videos coming. Great work MG&E! Go Green!

    at 2:13 pm on October 4, 2018
  6. Matthew Basler said:

    Awesome!! Can’t wait to ride the new buses!! I’m super excited for a cleaner transit solution. 🙂 Thank you MGE!

    at 2:17 pm on October 4, 2018
  7. Doug said:

    I’ll be glad to see these around town, with cleaner air and quieter streets!

    How long can these go between charges? A full 18-hour bus day? Just the morning rush and the evening rush, with charging in between? That would have been helpful in the story.

    at 2:19 pm on October 4, 2018
  8. Sara Christen said:

    Very excited to see this technology coming by to our city!!! I have been riding Madison Metro since 2007 on and off and enjoy riding. This will hopefully atrack more riders!!!

    at 2:30 pm on October 4, 2018
  9. Lee Jones said:

    Interesting. What wasn’t said was anything about range. Will these run a whole shift? Or be used as supplements for AM and PM rush hours?

    at 2:31 pm on October 4, 2018
  10. Ray Mangiulli said:

    Another great example of MGE being a good neighbor and community energy company for the future.
    Look forward to seeing these vehicles on the road!

    at 2:44 pm on October 4, 2018
  11. Janet Bybee said:

    What could be more exciting!!! More efficient, no emissions, quieter, less expensive. I would truly enjoy the chance to be a passenger in Madison on one of these electric buses! Thank you, MG&E for sharing the news of this groundbreaking vehicle!

    at 2:49 pm on October 4, 2018
  12. Jane said:

    I am looking forward to seeing Madison move into electric buses for public transportation. Cleaner air and a quieter environment especially in the city center is certainly an advantage as well as the reduced maintenance costs.

    at 2:51 pm on October 4, 2018
  13. Sara Ludtke said:

    Great video! I had no idea that an electric bus could get 22 mpg!!

    at 2:59 pm on October 4, 2018
  14. TanyaD said:

    I would LOVE to see these buses around Madison. So efficient and great for the environment too; can’t wait! Today’s busses emit such a bad diesel smell–these will be odorless! Thank you Madison metro and MG&E.

    at 3:30 pm on October 4, 2018
  15. John said:

    22 MPG is great! I bet these things are quiet to run also!

    at 3:35 pm on October 4, 2018
  16. Nick Smith said:

    I know Madison Metro is in need of more buses, and I really hope we can get some more of these in the future. More buses means more routes to disadvantaged areas of the city.

    Hopefully as Madison Metro expands its routes and times, it can combat the spread of sprawl we’ve had in recent decades.

    We have to expand public transportation, and doing it 100% clean is the only way we should be doing it (which is especially relevant with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change going on right now)

    at 4:11 pm on October 4, 2018
  17. Kathleen Sanders said:

    Remarkable, just remarkable. This is so what Madison and the world needs on it’s journey for a cleaner city and world.

    at 5:00 pm on October 4, 2018
  18. Adamhillsmeyer said:

    Interesting. What is the difference between zero tailpipe emissions, and zero absolute emissions?

    at 5:15 pm on October 4, 2018
  19. Jeanne Lisse said:

    Great news! Too bad we’re only able to add 3 and not until 2020. Hopefully we will add more!

    at 5:58 pm on October 4, 2018
  20. val schend said:

    Always appreciate new options to decrease use of carbon-based fuels. Continue the good work.

    at 8:14 pm on October 4, 2018
  21. Yvonne said:

    What a great grant! It would be great to get more of these buses and expand the public transportation system in Madison!

    at 10:40 pm on October 4, 2018
  22. Joseph Imilkowski said:

    Grid energy is cheaper than petrol energy. Electric vehicles have far fewer parts and are much eaiser to maintain. This is the future of transportation.

    at 11:39 pm on October 4, 2018
  23. Diana Haverberg said:

    When I drive behind a traditional bus, I can smell the exhaust — no question there is a bus ahead of me. This new electric bus will have no effect on the air around me. How wonderful!

    at 11:45 pm on October 4, 2018
  24. David said:

    Cool idea.. I am curious how MPG equivalent is calculated. It seems like the electricity source for charging the battery should play a substantial factor in this. “Zero emission” is also a bit misleading, as the energy for the fully-charged battery has to come from somewhere (which could still be fossil fuel burning).

    at 6:11 am on October 5, 2018
  25. Jennifer Wabers said:

    This is what I love about Madison! Awesome plan. I want to ride this bus!!

    at 11:38 am on October 5, 2018
  26. Josh said:

    I’m guessing not only cleaner but also quieter! I’d be interested to see the breakdown of how an electric bus generates enough savings to pay for itself in 1-2 years – sounds impressive.

    at 12:37 pm on October 5, 2018
  27. Tracy Zehner said:

    Would be awesome to get rid of diesel buses in Madison area… Electric world be great to have around town!

    at 3:11 pm on October 5, 2018
  28. Rod Girkin said:

    I have test drove a few hybrids and was surprised by the acceleration & how quietly they ran. I’m aware of how the air quality in the downtown & capital square areas are during winter. It will be a benefit and suspect riders will enjoy. Thanks, looking forward to my first ride on one!

    at 4:35 pm on October 5, 2018
  29. Rod Girkin said:

    I have test drove a few hybrids and was surprised by the acceleration & how quietly they ran. I’m aware of how the air quality in the downtown & capital square areas are during winter. It will be a benefit and suspect riders will enjoy. Thanks, looking forward to my first ride on one!

    at 4:36 pm on October 5, 2018
  30. Michael Kruse said:

    This is electrifying. I would really get a charge out of riding a bus like this. It would be shocking to not have this.

    at 7:53 pm on October 5, 2018
  31. Jacqueline Kimble said:

    How exciting. Looks like a opportunity for the city.

    at 11:37 am on October 6, 2018
  32. Paul Howard Miller said:

    Thank you, MGE for partnering to bring this marvelous step forward to Madison. In these days when so much of what is good for the environment is being discouraged and blocked at the national level, it is hopeful that there are still some programs like this that can, in the long run, make our community and environment cleaner and safer for all. Keep up the good work!!

    at 12:27 pm on October 6, 2018
  33. Laura said:

    I look forward to riding one of these!

    at 2:25 pm on October 6, 2018
  34. Jay Dreke said:

    What an exciting story! I never knew Madison had an electric bus.

    The explanation of its benefits and cost saving are very impressive.

    Importantly: Its better for the environment!

    Thanks for letting us know about this very impressive development.

    at 10:10 pm on October 6, 2018
  35. James said:

    Very cool. So glad to see this technology advancing!

    at 7:46 am on October 7, 2018
  36. Danny Andersen said:

    Outstanding. Our grandchildren love riding the city buses and will certainly enjoy the electric ones.

    at 3:16 pm on October 8, 2018
  37. Jolie Jacobus said:

    Much better for today’s world than ever before. Looks much cheaper to operate and better for our environment!

    at 12:51 pm on October 9, 2018
  38. Laura said:

    This is great news. I can’t wait to try a ride 🙂

    at 12:23 pm on October 10, 2018
  39. Michelle Buerger said:

    I hope that all of the buses can be replaced with electric buses soon.

    at 5:48 pm on October 10, 2018
  40. Jeanie Weiss said:

    Electric buses in Madison would be amazing!

    at 4:02 pm on October 15, 2018
  41. Jared Ramthun said:

    Awesome! Efficient mass transit is needed in Madison!

    at 9:13 pm on October 15, 2018
  42. Tim Davis said:

    If I could commute via mass transit I would and would love this option. How about Madison Metro goes regional??

    at 2:31 pm on October 16, 2018
  43. DENNY V BERKERY said:

    Great Idea! Hope all buses go electric soon!
    Denny Berkery
    The Vinery

    at 4:47 pm on October 16, 2018
  44. Gail Niesl said:

    I love the idea of The Electric Busses in Madison! So much cleaner for the city!

    at 11:45 am on October 26, 2018
  45. Max Magee said:

    I’d love to see these in use around the city. Is there a way to see where these demos will be held?

    at 6:01 pm on November 15, 2018
  46. Julia Madsen said:

    Ride the buss all the time can’t wait for electric, go green Madison

    at 11:25 am on January 26, 2019
  47. Nick said:

    For those interested:
    proterra buses have 234 and 328 mile ranges. West to north transfer point is 10 miles and takes an hour. That would be over 20 hours. At this point it’s the recharge time that matters.
    These buses are far cheaper to operate, faster to accelerate (less congestion) and better for the environment. There is no reason to buy another diesel buses. Let’s only buy electric buses.
    How much upfront would this cost to implement?
    $7.50 upfront per resident with no incentives.

    $150k more per bus, estimated 500 buses in service and 10 year lifetime means 50 buses per year with 250,000 residents of Madison, $7.50 per resident is more than reasonable. No new diesel!

    at 5:03 pm on December 3, 2019

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