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  •  they should make electric buses, and have more, (2+ / 0-)
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    citisven, shaharazade

    and smaller ones.

    bingo, problem solved. google can afford it, and it would be great PR for them too.

    hell, methane powers buses too, if electric are 'too expensive', (BS, but predictable criticism). then solarise the rooves of the parking bays where they rest and get maintained, may as well solarise the bus rooves to while we're at it!

    amazed no-one else suggested this.

    the idea's not all bad, but the execution hamhanded.

    thanks citisven, very good diary!

    why? just kos..... *just cause*

    by melo on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 01:42:48 AM PDT

    •  great idea, melo (1+ / 0-)
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      I'll add that to my list of things that could be done to improve the situation for everyone. And those employees that couldn't make the bus could just drive their Teslas to work. :-)

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 03:24:10 PM PDT

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    •  Google is doing electric (0+ / 0-)

      But electric buses for a 40 mile commute, minimum, is probably not going to work.  Not where battery tech is now.

      They have a fleet of electric cars that employees can sign out and use.  But when you get something large, like a bus, running all electric gets much tougher.  The issue for EVs is range, and since these buses go on the freeway, that hurts range even more (do you want to use the batteries to go fast or to go far).

      Their electric fleet indeed is set up with covered parking with solar panels above.

      I do know of at least one company working on an electric school bus solution, but again, school buses don't make (routinely) 40 mile one-way trips.

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