New hybrid electric buses delivered in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The city of Knoxville has added three new hybrid electric buses to the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) fleet. They're KAT's first hybrid electric buses.

City officials say they'll add three electric hybrid "trolleys" in the next few months.

Each vehicle cost $620,000; the cost was offset through a federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant.

The new buses will be in service as soon as KAT operators and maintenance staff have been fully trained on the new technology. The buses will run on busier circuits including Kingston Pike, Broadway and Magnolia Avenue.

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