The future of public transport is electric. That's if the latest development on the battery-powered vehicle scene is anything to go by, at least.
An electric bus, coming in at 40 feet long, has traveled 1,101.2 miles on just one charge. The Catalyst E2 Max, from manufacturer Proterra, completed the journey on a race ground in Indiana, USA – beating out the previous world record of a passenger electric vehicle at 1,013.76 miles, according to Business Green.
The company, which counts environmental campaigner and former Vice President Al Gore as an investor, is completing the tests in order to soothe the anxiety that people have around how far battery-powered vehicles can go, before needing to be charged.
Of course, there's a sharp difference between a test on a track and real world use. But Matt Horton, Proterra's chief commercial officer, reckons that the bus would average about 350 miles in a real life scenario, reports MSN.
He also estimates that most buses in the US average about 130 miles per day of driving, making that amount pretty roomy. In addition, as buses drive along designated routes, building charging stations would be a lot more seamless than doing the same for cars.
Full electric power ahead, people.