City transit officials say replacing just one diesel bus with an electric one would cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 250,000 pounds every year. Proterra, the bus manufacturer, is leasing the bus to the city. Anchorage's waste removal utility is footing the $60,000 bill in exchange for advertisements on the bus. It remains to be seen whether the bus can withstand Alaskan winters. Proterra said it has never had problems with cold weather earlier. Anchorage is planning to replace ten People Mover buses in the next four years and, according to Abul Hasan, the city's transportation director, electric buses may be the way to go. "The cost savings over a 12 year period are so immense that we would be recouping our costs within a span of 2-3 years," he said.
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