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Transitioning to Zero-Emission Bus Operations: Considerations for Greening Transit

A Guide on Transitioning towards Zero-Emission Bus Operations

The Transitioning to Zero-Emission Bus Operations toolkit overviews how governments and transportation agencies have to integrated zero-emission buses into their public transportation fleets. Historically, battery-powered vehicles have lacked the power, range, and efficiency to compete with the range provided by vehicles run on fossil fuels or required extensive supporting capital infrastructure, in the case of some trolley buses networks. Now, new zero-emission bus technologies are market viable and increasingly cost competitive when considering the life-cycle costs compared to buses that run on fossil fuels. Technology improvements have increased zero-emission vehicle ranges, making them able to run longer trips. It is estimated that over a 12-year life span, each zero-emission bus can eliminate 1,690 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

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Last updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2023