Electric Bus Adoption on the Rise Across U.S.

Electric bus adoption is on the rise across the country.

The rise of electric bus adoption helps cities across the country save money on fuel and maintenance costs for public transportation. 

Electric bus adoption is on the rise across the country. Last month, officials in Shreveport, Louisiana unveiled their new fleet of zero-emission, battery-electric buses from Proterra.

We are proud to partner with SporTran, an innovative transit agency that continues to raise the transit bar for its passengers and community alike,” Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said. “We look forward to helping SporTran speed into a cleaner, healthier future for all, by providing a model for zero-emission transit.”

The five Proterra Catalyst E2 buses were funded by a 2016 Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment grant won by the city.

Electric Bus Adoption Expected to Save City Millions

Shreveport city officials expect to save $2.2 million over the lifetime of the fleet in maintenance and diesel fuel savings.

SporTran officials plan to reinvest the savings from the electric fleet into improving bus routes, technology and rider experience.

Other Notable Firsts for Electric Bus Adoption

Earlier this month, Yosemite National Park announced the addition of two electric buses to its shuttle fleet, becoming the first national park to do so.

The park initially stated using diesel-electric hybrid vehicles in 2001 before making the leap this year into completely-electric vehicles.

Our mission has always been to preserve our nation’s natural and cultural heritage for future generations, and Proterra’s zero-emission vehicle technology will be indispensable as we continue to work toward this goal,” Chip Jenkins, acting superintendent, Yosemite National Park, said.

In November, Greensboro, North Carolina, became the first city in the state to utilize greener public transportation, adding four Proterra electric buses.

“At GTA, we want to offer our riders the opportunity to make sustainable choices through public transit. These new battery-electric Proterra buses will not only provide an environmentally-friendly service to our customers, they’ll also exemplify GTA’s commitment to eco-conscious infrastructure adoption and to strong fiscal responsibility,” said Adam Fischer, director of the Greensboro Department of Transportation.

Learn more about how local governments are funding and implementing electric transportation:

Hundreds of Millions for Bus and Bus Infrastructure Grants

Local Governments Lead on Electric Vehicle Fleets

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Author Rachel Engel is also Associate Editor of Military1.com. She is based in Kansas.