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Knoxville Area Transit continuing free rides for students

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville Area Transit is continuing to offer free rides for children in the Knox County School system. The Youth Freedom Pass allows students 18 or under to use any KAT bus route.

“No special pass is required,” KAT said in a Facebook post. “Just tell your bus operator you’re a Knox County Schools student!”


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Volkswagon launches new research collaboration with ORNL, University of Tennesse, Knoxville

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Volkswagen Group of America’s (Herndon, Va., U.S.) Innovation Hub Knoxville (Tenn., U.S.), the company’s technology unit for applied materials science, has expanded its research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.), reported to be the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT). The expanded collaboration aims to explore how to integrate break­throughs in material science and recycling concepts — including fiber-reinforced composites  — to support electric mobility and sustainable transportation. The first project involves testing ORNL’s new high-power wireless EV charging concepts with a Porsche Taycan.

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Knoxville leaders introduce new electric KAT buses

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn — The City of Knoxville officially has a fleet of all-electric buses.

City leaders including Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon took the first ride in one on Thursday starting at Caswell Park.

According to a release, five of the 12 buses have arrived, and the rest are due before the end of the year. Six more vehicles are expected to arrive in 2022, bringing the total to 18.

When the last electric bus arrives, this all-electric group will represent 26% of the total fleet, along with another 41% being hybrid-electrics, according to the city’s release.

Officials said this represents progress toward the city’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

“Today marks a dramatic milestone for Knoxville – this is a major step on our path toward a more clean and resilient future for our children and grandchildren,” Kincannon said. “These high-efficiency electric buses are an investment in clean air, in healthy neighborhoods, and mobility for our residents.”

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