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On Traxx from Kamloops to set a world record

The journey to set a new mark for the longest (and highest-altitude) electric bus ride covers 261 kilometres (162 miles) and entails climbing as high as 1,444 metres (4,738 feet) at the crest of the Surrey Lake summit, between Kamloops and Merritt.

TRAXX Coachlines on Monday (Aug. 30) unveiled its brand new, fully electric motorcoach, a first for the Canadian company with offices in Kamloops and Kelowna.

And the firm is using it to attempt to set a world record for the longest — and highest-altitude — trip by an electric inter-city motor coach bus. 

The vehicle — a 45-foot, J4500 Charge from Winnipeg’s MCI Motor Coach Industries — left Kamloops on Monday morning, bound for Delta via the Coquihalla Highway. The journey covers 261 kilometres (162 miles) and entails climbing as high as 1,444 metres (4,738 feet) at the crest of the Surrey Lake summit, between Kamloops and Merritt.

The trip expected to take just over 4.5 hours.

The morning opened with comments from Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian, TRAXX director of business development Steve Ceron and others, who hailed the drive as a significant step forward for both the company and the community.

Following opening remarks, a delegation from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc peoples offered a prayer and blessing for the trip, thanking those in attendance.

KTW has a reporter on board, who will later file a fuller story and photos.