KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville announced Friday that three hybrid electric buses have been delivered for the Knoxville Area Transit fleet.
An additional three electric hybrid trolley-style vehicles are expected to follow within the next few months.
The new buses will hit the streets within one to two weeks after KAT operators and maintenance staff are fully trained on the new technology.
The new hybrid vehicles are full-sized buses that will run on some of KAT's busy routes including Kingston Pike, Broadway and Magnolia Avenue.
The city says the vehicles will provide greater fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs.
The buses cost approximately $620,000 each, but they were purchased through a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Grant, meaning the buses are 100 percent federally funded.