Clean Transport Image Credit: Proterra

Published on November 10th, 2012 | by Chelsea


Jay Leno Tours The Proterra Ecoliner Electric Bus (Video)

November 10th, 2012 by  


Late night funny man (or unfunny depending on who you ask) Jay Leno in the video above tours the Proterra Ecoliner Electric Bus, which has been cruising the streets of LA for more than a year.

Electric buses are become more popular with sales expected to rise 26 percent annually through 2018. It’s nice to hear that this bus is actually in operation and not just a prototype that may never hit the road.

Check out the video for details about the clean energy credits purchased to off-set the electricity the bus uses; the durable, noncorrosive, lightweight balsa wood/figerblass bus structure; and two-speed transmission, 200 horsepower engine propelling the people mover.

At about the 13 minute mark in the video, feel free to move on with your day. That’s when Leno gets behind the wheel and gushes about how much he loves the bus, followed by passengers awkwardly applauding his driving skills. Stick to your day job, Jay.

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is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Oh, come on, give Jay some love.

    This guy is doing good work showcasing electric vehicles. And this bus is damned impressive.

    This is not, as Jay points out, a prototype. It’s a fully functioning electric bus that’s been hauling passengers around LA for a year. Fully loaded, it gets 11,000 passenger miles per “gallon”.

    And the construction of the bus itself. Lightweight and expected to last twice as long as standard metal construction.

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