Charlotte to spend $28 million for new buses

CHARLOTTE — The city of Charlotte is buying 30 new buses for $28 million.

Mayor Vi Lyles broke a 5-5 tie for a vote Monday at a city council meeting to authorize the purchase.

The city is planning to buy 15 electric buses and 15 hybrid buses that are electric and use diesel gas.

Some city council members questioned why the city is still investing in buses that use diesel fuel.

The interim director of the Charlotte Area Transit System said the department does not have enough charging infrastructure to support a fully electric purchase.

The new buses will be used for at least 12 years.

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