Delaware Transit Corp. Chief Executive Officer John Sisson announced Sept. 18 that DTC was awarded a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration toward the purchase of 10 zero-emission battery-electric buses and associated charging systems.

The project was selected on a competitive basis through the fiscal 2017 Low or No Emission Bus and Bus Facilities grant program.

The funding will allow DTC to move forward with the planned project of adding eight electric buses in New Castle County and two in Sussex County, expanding the emission-free fleet statewide. DTC received a $2 million FTA grant in summer 2016 for six electric buses for Dover and related infrastructure costs, which will be operational next summer. Sixteen electric buses are expected to be operating throughout the state with charging stations at DTC facilities in each of the three counties by summer 2019.

The buses, which are manufactured by Proterra, have a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge.

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