CapMetro to Demonstrate Two Electric Paratransit Vans

AUSTIN, Texas - CapMetro is marking another important milestone toward Project Connect, its sustainable and connected vision for regional transportation. Working with service advisors Creative Bus Sales and MTM, CapMetro will demonstrate two fully battery electric paratransit vans manufactured by Phoenix Motorcars and by GreenPower.

This demonstration period comes after CapMetro received a portion of the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust settlement in August. The transit agency received almost $3.5 million, the largest contract awarded in Central Texas, which it will use toward the purchase of cleaner, more sustainable vehicles.

The paratransit vans will run out of CapMetro's paratransit south base facility, and each will be on the streets for two weeks. The Phoenix Motorcar van will operate from Oct. 2 to Oct. 11. The GreenPower van will operate from Oct. 9 to Oct. 18.

The goals of the demonstration are to assess vehicle performance, including range, recharge time, rider comfort, driving comfort, air conditioning performance and maintainability. CapMetro also wants to gain experience of this emerging vehicle technology.

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Jenna Maxfield, 512-592-2171