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Mississippi’s first electric bus for public transit to be unveiled on Friday

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Mississippi’s first electric bus for public transit is set to hit the roads on Earth Day 2022.

The Coast Transit Authority (CTA) has announced plans for an unveiling event open to the public this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Gulfport Transit Authority.

“This is the next level of vehicles Coast Transit Authority will utilize to preserve this beautiful environment we all enjoy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” CTA Executive Director Kevin Coggan said. “We are thankful for our partnership with Mississippi Power to bring this exciting, new addition to our fleet.”

The new Battery Electric Bus (BEB), manufactured by Gillig, is 35-feet-long and zero-emission. Funding for the BEB was made possible by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mississippi Power, and the CTA.

“We applaud CTA’s commitment and sustainability and leading a cleaner future by bringing the first all-electric public transit bus to Mississippi,” Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson said. “Electrification is the future, and we’re proud to partner with CTA to bring this innovative technology to south Mississippi.”

CTA currently operates with a fleet of hybrid electric and dual-fueled buses. For more information, click here.

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