These progressives in this city wasted millions and proved these EV buses don’t work

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Liberals love to be judged on their intentions but hate it when you look at their results.  Frankly, they cannot govern worth a rip.

Yet the massive amounts of wasted taxpayer dollars and citizens’ frustrations don’t seem to faze these Leftist “leaders.”

A great case and point is this ultra-progressive city in North Carolina that was forced to  announce that it wasted millions of dollars on worthless EVs that don’t work.

Asheville paid millions for non-working EV buses

The city of Asheville, North Carolina has continued to get more progressive as the years go by.

However, the liberal city’s dream of going green is already starting to backfire after it shelled out millions of dollars in 2018 to add electric buses to its fleet.

Now, three of the five buses the city purchased aren’t working, and some city employees are spilling the beans.

Asheville’s interim transportation director Jessica Morris told a local news station that three of the buses are not working, thanks to a combination of software issues and mechanical problems.

She also said that one of the buses has a broken door that can’t be replaced, and it’s been that way since July.

“We haven’t been able to get new doors. There’s no third party that makes a door. We’d have to get custom-made doors,” said Morris.

Perhaps the reason a new door can’t be found is that Proterra, the company that made the electric buses, filed for bankruptcy in August 2023.

The News & Observer reported that Proterra’s operations are still shut down, although it was recently purchased by a company named Phoenix Motors.

For now, it’s not clear when any parts or services for the original Proterra buses will be available.

According to Morris, “The last couple of years have been particularly difficult. We don’t see an end in sight.”

Asheville has lost a massive sum of money thanks to the investment.

Morris said each bus cost at least $616,000, and the city had to spend an additional $200,000 for the installation of each charger.

The city also had to pay another $118,000 every year to lease the bus batteries and around $45,500 annually in electric costs to charge the buses.

She also noted that the electric buses have cost the city over $250,000 to maintain.

Meanwhile, the lack of new electric buses has increased wear and tear on the 32 buses that remain in the fleet, which run on biodiesel or are hybrid models. 

A massive waste

Asheville’s maintenance director John McDaniel said that the two working electric buses can only go around 78 miles in the winter before they need to return to the shop, where they have to be charged for several hours.

“There’s some lessons here for sure. We’re pressing pause on investing in any electric technology until we can assure the products we get are going to be able to work,” Morris said.

Kim Miller, a City of Asheville spokesperson, told Fox Business, “There can often be unidentified issues when adapting any new technology.”

She also confirmed that “[p]resently, the city is not pursuing the purchase of additional fully electric buses.”

“The decision stems from the need for the electric bus industry to mature and align more closely with Asheville Rides Transit’s specific requirements in terms of vehicle range, reliability, size, and cost-effectiveness,” she added.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.