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Austin's new 'green' bus

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Austinites are now seeing a new, somewhat futuristic-looking bus driving around the city’s streets.

Capital Metro recently acquired an electric and hydrogen powered bus as part of a one-year-demonstration program.

The state-of-the-art “green” bus is completely free, according to Andrew Murphy with Capital Metro. The bus charges overnight, then can run for about two hours before using hydrogen to recharge the batteries while driving.

The only emission to come from the bus is a small amount of water vapor.

“Electric vehicles as a whole is the direction that we’re going in,” Murphy said. “Granted, a lot of it will still be tied to fossil fuels in the future, but if you can go to electric, you can get rid of the emissions, and in a local area, that’s certainly a benefit.”

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