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  • U.S.-China Race to Zero Emissions Challenge Official Guidelines Released
    Jan 13, 2017
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) today announced the official guidelines for the U.S.-China Race to Zero Emissions (R2ZE) Challenge.  The guidelines provide details on how the race will be conducted and how transit agencies can join the race.

  • 2016 Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment Projects 
    Jul 27, 2016 | DOT Federal Transit Administration
    An overview of transportation programs across the U.S. with low and no-emission projects during the 2016 fiscal year. 

  • USDOT Announces $55 Million in Grants to Transit Agencies to Deploy Clean Buses
    Jul 26, 2016 | DOT Federal Transit Administration
    The FTA today announced selections for an expanded Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Competitive Grant Program that reflects growing interest in new technology buses. Twenty transit providers in 13 states will receive a share of $55 million for transit buses and related technology that replaces aging diesel fuel buses with battery-electric or fuel cell-powered vehicles and incorporates other innovations.

  • Clean, State-of-the-Technology Buses to Hit the Streets
    Jul 26, 2016 | DOT Fast Lane Blog
    Our years of work researching low or no-emission buses have paid off, providing the basis for FTA this year to oversee an annual grants program with dedicated funding for new technology buses, the Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Competitive Grant Program.

  • Zero Emission Buses Discussed at U.S.-China Climate Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit
    Jun 8, 2016 | DOT Race to Zero Emissions Challenge
    Leaders from 49 Chinese municipalities and 17 U.S. cities, states, and counties met in Beijing on June 7-8 to discuss progress on climate change reduction efforts at the second annual U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit. 
     
  • Race to Zero Emissions Announced at U.S.-China Transportation Forum
    Jun 3, 2016 | DOT Race to Zero Emissions Challenge
    On June 3, 2016 at the 8th U.S.-China Transportation Forum in Los Angeles, California, the Race to Zero Emissions was officially announced by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and China Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang. 
     
  • 2015 Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment Projects 
    Apr 19, 2016 | DOT Federal Transit Administration
    An overview of transportation programs across the U.S. with low and no-emission projects during the 2015 fiscal year. 


Zero Emission Buses News

2017

AUGUST

  • 2018 is Going to be Electrifying for TriMet
    Aug 10, 2017 | Mass Transit (Fort Atkinson, WI)
    TriMet is in the early stages of plan development for a possible transition to all-electric propulsion for their bus fleet, but first TriMet needed to kick the tires, so to speak, of the newest generation of electric buses. Thanks to a $3.4 million federal grant, TriMet will be able to do just that with the purchase of five battery electric buses, as well as the supporting charging hardware. The grant comes from the Federal Transit Administration Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment program. TriMet is partnering with Portland General Electric (PGE) on the project to purchase, own and maintain the charging infrastructure. TriMet originally planned to purchase four of the buses but with PGE’s support they are able to add a fifth bus.

  • BYD Delivers First of 20 Electric Buses for City of Albuquerque
    Aug 10, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has joined together with the city of Albuquerque to announce the delivery of its first all-electric 60-foot articulated transit bus to operate along the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) route. This delivery comes one year after Albuquerque announced it had chosen BYD as its manufacturer, and the delivery marks the first of 20 buses to be completed by the end of 2017.

  • Irizar Awarded Contract For Madrid’s First 15 Twelve-Meter Electric Buses + Barcelona’s First 4 Eighteen-Meter Articulated Buses
    Aug 8, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    Irizar e-mobility has been awarded the contract to supply Madrid with its first 15 electric buses, and to supply Barcelona with its first 4 electric articulated buses. With regard to the 15 electric buses ordered by Empresa Municipal de Transportes and the Madrid City Council, the 12-meter buses will be accompanied by the purchase of 15 fast chargers (100 kW). These buses are expected to be delivered in December. With regard to the four 18.73-meter electric articulated buses ordered by Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona — which represent the beginning of an effort to transition the H16 bus line to entirely all-electric buses — those are expected to enter service by June 2018.

  • Beijing's Electric Buses to Number 10,000 By 2020
    Aug 2, 2017 | Xinhua News Agency (Beijing, China)
    The number of electric buses in Beijing will increase from the current 1,000 to 10,000 by 2020 in an effort to improve the environment, said Beijing Public Transport Group on Wednesday.
    The proportion of buses purely powered by electricity among the total public transport vehicles will increase from the current 10 percent to 60 percent in three years, said Zhong Qianghua, deputy general manager of the group. Recently, two bus routes in Beijing's Yanqing District started using 50 new electric buses. It takes only around 20 minutes to charge a bus, and a single charge can power a bus for 80 kilometers. Currently the group operates about 1,020 bus routes in Beijing. By 2020, the group will be able to transport about 3.046 billion people per year.

  • First Electric Buses Ordered for Brussels
    Aug 2, 2017 | Metro Report International (Surrey, UK)
    Brussels city transport operator STIB has ordered seven Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses from Solaris Bus & Coach. These are expected to enter service at the beginning of 2018 on the new Citybus route. The first electric buses ordered by STIB will contribute to Brussels’ target of an entirely electric bus fleet by 2030.

  • San Francisco Agency Orders 185 Zero-Emission Electric Trolley Buses
    Aug 1, 2017 |  Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has awarded an option order for 185 Xcelsior 40-foot electric trolley buses to New Flyer of America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. Notably, the move to add 185 ZEBs follows two prior option orders awarded by SFMTA over the past year for 93 Xcelsior 60-foot articulated trolley-electric ZEBs (or 186 equivalent units).

JULY

  • Howard County Adds Three Electric Buses to System
    Jul 27, 2017 | The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD)
    Residents will now have the chance to ride one of the county's three electric buses, which were unveiled on Monday. The buses, run by the Regional Transportation Agency, are funded through a grant from the federal Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction, or TIGGER, program in the Federal Transit Administration, as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transit systems. 
     
  • Metro Agrees to Buy 95 Electric Buses, in the First Step Toward an Emissions-Free Fleet 
    Jul 27, 2017 | Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
    In the first step toward a new goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2030, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed Thursday to spend more than $138 million to buy 95 electric buses that will run on two Los Angeles County busways. The purchases from New Flyer of America Inc. and BYD are among the largest of any U.S. transit agency, and will establish Metro as a proving ground for a new technology that is still relatively untested. When the electric buses begin running, they will represent less than 5% of Metro’s fleet, but will at least double the number of electric buses in use in California.
     
  • MZA Order Ten Electric Buses for Warsaw
    Jul 18, 2017 | Euro Transport Magazine (Kent, UK)
    The representatives of Warsaw’s municipal bus operator – MZA, Solaris Bus & Coach and BZ WBK Leasing S.A. have signed an agreement for the delivery and leasing of ten electric buses.The contract, worth over 30 million PLN, states that the ten new generation Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses will arrive at the streets of Warsaw in the first quarter of 2018.
     
  • Go-Ahead London Expands Electric Bus Fleet
    Jul 17, 2017 | Transport Engineer (London, UK)
    Go-Ahead London has confirmed its third electric bus order from the Alexander Dennis (ADL) and BYD partnership for 30 more Enviro200 EV 10.8m buses – bringing the total ordered to 95. All will be based at Go-Ahead London’s Northumberland Park depot, in North London, which will be equipped with BYD’s charging equipment.
     
  • Strætó Introducing Electric Buses
    Jul 10, 2017 | Iceland Review (Reykjavik, Iceland)
    Iceland’s public bus authority Strætó bs. has purchased nine electric-powered buses from Chinese specialist bus manufacturer Yutong. The buses will be the first of their kind in Iceland, although earlier this summer private bus company Guðmundur Tyrfingsson ehf. started operating a coach that also runs exclusively on electricity that it bought from the same manufacturer.

JUNE

  • 13 Volvo Electric Buses To Enter Service In Malmo
    Jun 26, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    Nobina, the public transportation operator in Malmö, Sweden, will add 13 new Volvo 7900 electric buses to its fleet by the end of 2017. The Volvo 7900 Electric buses use about 80% less energy than corresponding diesel buses. They will be recharged at the end of the line using overhead charging equipment. Recharging is expected to take no more than 6 minutes.
     
  • Aspen To Spend $7.5 Million On Electric Buses & Charging Stations
    Jun 19, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    The city of Aspen and Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) want to spend more than $7.5 million on 8 electric buses. RFTA plans to apply to the state for a fiscal year 2018 grant worth $1.7 million, and the Federal Transit Administration for a $3.2 million grant through the Low or No Emission Grant Program.
     
  • Ten Double-Decker Electric Buses Starting Service in Wellington Next Year
    Jun 16, 2017 | Wellington Scoop (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Wellington commuters will be able to travel on ten electric buses next year after the Regional Council signed contracts today with preferred tenderers Tranzit and Uzabus. The two companies were chosen for nine bus routes across the region after the council called for tenders in August last year.
     
  • A Fleet of Electric-Powered School Buses is Coming to Southern California
    Jun 5, 2017 | LAist
    On Friday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District approved over $8.8 million to purchase 33 electric school buses for school districts throughout the Los Angeles region. Eighteen school districts throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties have been awarded funds for the buses. 
     
  • New Electric Buses for Brisbane Airport 
    June 5, 2017 | Eurotransport (Kent, UK)
    Brisbane Airport (BNE) will be the first Australian airport to roll out a fleet of 11 electric buses in a contract worth $5 million per year. Carbridge, an Australian-headquartered world leader in aviation passenger ground transport, has been awarded the contract to exclusively build, operate and maintain all aspects of the Brisbane Airport bus fleet following a competitive tender process.

MAY

  • City of Montreal Adds Three All-Electric Transit Buses
    May 31, 2017 | HybridCars (Toronto, Canada)
    The City of Montreal is adding electric transit buses to its fleet. The pilot project is taking advantage of Quebec’s cheap power, and the nearby Nova Bus factory to help make the project happen. It will start with three electric buses on one route. The buses used will be Nova Bus LFSe models. They are 40-foot transit buses with seating for 41 passengers. 
     
  • City of St. Albert Receives Its First 3 Electric Buses from BYD, Electrifying 10% of Fleet in 2017
    May 25, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    The City of St. Albert just took delivery on the first three electric buses BYD has delivered to Canada. The three BYD K9 buses are the first installment of the order of a total of seven electric buses for the city. The order represents a conversion of a full 10% of the city’s bus fleet to electric, which will be fulfilled by the end of the year and shows its commitment to migrating its fleet to next-generation fuels.

  • Largest U.S. Electric School Bus Pilot Comes to California
    May 12, 2017 | School Transportation News (Torrance, CA)
    Three school districts in the Sacramento capital region receive a total of 29 zero-emissions electric school buses for a pilot program funded by a $7.5 million grant and additional state cap-and-trade funds. It's the largest single deployment of electric school buses nationwide. Canada currently is operating about 60 electric school buses in Quebec.
     
  • Thau Agglo Order Two Electric Buses for France
    May 8, 2017 | Euro Transport Magazine (Kent, UK)
    Two Solaris 8.9 electric buses have been ordered by transport operator, Thau Agglo for Frontignon in France.  Located on the south coast of France, Frontignon will receive two emission-free vehicles that will use the traditional plug-in 80kWh charger (delivery of which is part of the contract) to charge their 160kWh High Energy batteries.
     
  • VDL Bus & Coach Receives Order For Largest Electric Bus Fleet In Europe
    May 5, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    Electric bus manufacturer VDL Bus & Coach has announced the receipt of an order for 100 of its VDL Citeas SLFA electric buses and 18 of its VDL Futura FDD2, the company’s flagship electric double-decker bus.  The order represents the largest electric bus order VDL has ever received while at the same time making the transportation company ordering the buses — Connexxion, which is a subsidiary of global transit powerhouse Transdev — the largest fleet of electric buses in Europe. 

APRIL

  • First Fleet of Electric Buses Will Be Rolled Out in NYC this Year
    Apr 27, 2017 | 6sqft (New York, NY)
    In recognition of Earth Week, Governor Cuomo announced a new pilot program to bring electric buses to New York City this year. The MTA board has approved to lease the first five electric buses, and the lease for the next five will be presented later this year. The program will cost $4 million for three-year leases, which includes six depot charging stations. 
     
  • Fuel Cell Buses Get Day in Sun With $12.5 Million California Grant
    April 21, 2017 | Trucks.com
    SunLine Transit, a public agency providing bus service throughout California’s sprawling Coachella Valley, will received a $12.5 million grant from the state Friday to fund five new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses and upgrades to the agency’s existing hydrogen production plant. 
     
  • BYD Delivers Battery-Electric Buses to Maryland Transit Agency
    Apr 20, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD says Howard County Transit, a division of the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland, has received delivery of three 35-foot BYD K9S battery-electric, zero-emission buses. According to BYD, these are the first zero-emission electric transit buses in Maryland.
     
  • See Where New York Will Spend $112 Million on Bike Trails, Electric Buses and More 
    Apr 20, 2017 | New York Upstate (Syracuse, NY)
    New York State will spend $112.2 million on 81 projects that will help buy electric buses, build bike and walking trails, make side walks more accessible and other transportation improvements. Five million will go to the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority in the Finger Lakes region to purchase five electric buses.
  • 25 Electric Buses to Ply Manali-Rohtang Highway this Season
    Apr 12, 2017 | Times of India (Mumbai, India)
    At least 25 electric buses will ply Manali-Rohtang highway this summer tourist season for the convenience of thousands of tourists as per National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions, an official said. NGT has limited the number of vehicles to visit Rohtang pass. Principal secretary for forest, environment sciences and technology Tarun Kapoor said these eco-friendly buses will provide relief to many tourists.

MARCH

  • Electrifying Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Tesla Taxis, Electric Buses, Etc. 
    Mar 29, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is incrementally electrifying transportation on, from, and to the aviation hub. Since 2015, 35 fully electric buses have been in operation, driving 338,000 km in their first 6 months after commissioning and saving 312,000 kg of CO2 emissions.  Meanwhile, public bus transport around Schiphol is electrifying as well. Starting this year, bus operator Connexxion will start operating an incredible 100 fully electric buses in the area, which will among others be operated on routes to and from Schiphol. 
     
  • SEPTA's Capital Budget Funds Buses, Trains, Bridges, and More Money for the Key Card
    Mar 27, 2017 | Philly.com (Philadelphia, PA)
    SEPTA proposed a $727.23 million capital budget Monday, with money for rail cars, buses, bridges, and an expansion of the smart fare card that last week was fully rolled out for city transit riders. The largest single expenditure in the budget would go to vehicles, about $241.6 million. That includes about $98 million for new buses, among them 25 fully electric buses to be delivered in the coming fiscal year and 525 hybrid buses expected to be delivered through 2021. 
     
  • First Priority GreenFleet to Deploy Largest U.S. Electric School Bus Fleet
    Mar 23, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    First Priority GreenFleet, a clean transportation solutions provider and division of First Priority Global Ltd., is partnering with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) to deploy 29 electric school buses and charging infrastructure throughout Sacramento County, including Twin Rivers, Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified School Districts.
     
  • Istanbul Set to Go Electric in Mass Transit
    Mar 23, 2017 | Daily Sabah (Istanbul, Turkey)
    The  transport authority of Turkey's most populated city will purchase 200 electric buses as it strives to keep the growing traffic problem in Istanbul less hazardous to health.  Istanbul's public transport body, the İETT, will launch a public tender for buses with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) and the buses will have a trial run on the city's metrobus lane which is designed to ease traffic and offer faster transport for millions of residents.  The first electric buses will be put into service by the end of this year and the buses will have a maximum capacity of 120 passengers.
     
  • Brampton Transit Signs on for Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration
    Mar 13, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Brampton City Council has approved the purchase of up to 10 battery-electric buses and four high-powered overhead on-street electric charging stations, as part of the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, facilitated by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).
     
  • Bus Zone to Tackle ‘Toxic Air’ Launched in One of London’s Most Polluted Areas
    Mar 9, 2017 | BT (London, UK)
    London's first low-emission bus zone has been launched as part of efforts to tackle "toxic air" in the capital. One of the capital's most polluted areas, Putney High Street, is the first place getting the new initiative, with 145 buses on seven scheduled routes serviced by cleaner buses to cut emissions of nitrogen oxides, which harm health. Only buses that meet the toughest emissions standards will be allowed to run within the Putney low-emission bus zone. London will also see the phasing out of diesel-only buses, as they cause more pollution, and a commitment to purchase only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018.
     
  • More Electric, Hybrid Buses to Ply Singapore’s Roads
    Mar 8, 2017 | Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)
    As part of Singapore’s push towards a more environmentally friendly transport system, more electric and hybrid buses will ply the roads soon, Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng said on Wednesday. Speaking in Parliament during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate, Mr Ng said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will call tenders to purchase 50 hybrid buses and 60 electric buses this year. 
     
  • New Report Charts Course to Zero-Emission, Carbon-Neutral King County Metro Bus Fleet
    Mar 8, 2017 | Mass Transit (Fort Atkinson, WI)
    A new report and recommendation recently released by King County Executive Dow Constantine shows how Metro Transit could completely transition the bus fleet to zero-emission powered by renewable energy between 2034 and 2040. The move would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality and public health — key goals outlined in King County’s strategic plans on climate and social justice. Battery-electric buses cost incrementally more than hybrid diesel-electric buses, but have reduced long-term maintenance costs as well as health and environmental benefits.
     
  • Eco-Friendly Commute: 150 Electric Buses to Hit Namma Bengaluru Streets
    Mar 7, 2017 | Indian Express (Chennai, India)
    Electric buses are likely to start plying on the city streets by the end of this year. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will procure 150 electric buses by September.”  BMTC says electronic buses are more sustainable for State Transport Undertakings (STUs), are environment- friendly, require less maintenance, give more comfort to the passengers, and their operational cost is less compared to diesel vehicles.
     
  • St. Petersburg (Florida) Gets 2 Electric Buses
    Mar 5, 2017 | CleanTechnica
    The use of two newly acquired, clean, quiet, all-electric buses is starting in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The Sierra Club reports that the BYD electric buses coming to St. Pete and other locations in Pinellas County will run as often as possible this year so that more people can experience them and their emissions-cutting potential is maximized.
     
  • Electric Avenue: The University of Georgia Recently Raised $15 Million to Add Electric Buses to its Fleet
    Mar 4, 2017 | The Red & Black (Athens, GA)
    A $10 million grant was funded during the summer by the GO! Transit Capital Program during the 2015 Legislative Session, where $75 million went out to different organizations around Georgia to address public transportation needs.  UGA matched that with another $5 million in order to add 19 electric buses to the fleet.  Transit plans to take out 12 buses and put in 19 or 20 zero-emission electric buses, starting with the oldest models.
     
  • Vallejo, Benicia Lead the Way in Sustainable Public Transit
    Mar 3, 2017 | Times-Herald News (Vallejo, CA)
    Vallejo and Benicia are blazing a trail in environmentally friendly public transportation, as SolTrans’ new CNG fueling facility and electric bus fleet puts southern Solano County on the cutting edge of yet another positive development. That was among the main messages at a well-attended event at SolTrans’ operations and maintenance facility in Vallejo on Friday. The event celebrated the ground-breaking for the agency’s new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility and the unveiling of its new fleet of all-electric, zero-emissions buses.

FEBRUARY

  • Yes, Buses and Trucks Can Be Zero Emission Too
    Feb 21, 2017 | TreeHugger
    Buses, trucks and other large vehicles make up a significant chunk of transportation energy demand—and many of them have to travel over long distances.  In China, for example, 20% of new buses are now apparently electric, and London is ploughing ahead with what it claims is the largest electric bus fleet in the world.But there's considerable progress being made on this front too. In China, for example, 20% of new buses are now apparently electric, and London is ploughing ahead with what it claims is the largest electric bus fleet in the world.
     
  • AC Transit Increases Number of Zero-Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses by 10
    Feb 15, 2017 | The Daily Californian (Berkeley, CA)
    AC Transit has received an $8.5 million grant sponsored by the California Air Resources Board to participate in a program designed to decrease greenhouse gases and improve the quality of public health, while additional funds awarded from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will go toward acquiring 10 zero-emission electric buses. The increase in zero-emission buses from 13 to 23 will provide a way to track both the reduction and amount of harmful gases released into the atmosphere.
     
  • More Fully Electric Buses to Run in London to Clean Up Air
    Feb 15, 2017 | EveningStandard (London, UK)
    Transport for London today announced two more bus routes will run exclusively electric buses as part of its plans to tackle the capital’s toxic air pollution. More than 35 buses on routes C1, which runs between White City and Victoria , and 70 from South Kensington to Acton, will add to the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. It will take the total number of electric buses on the capital’s streets to more than 120, in addition to 2,000 hybrid electric buses – 20 per cent of the whole fleet - already in operation.

  • Ballard Joins Consortium to Deploy 20 Zero-Emission FCEV Buses in California
    Feb 14, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Canada-based fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems has announced its membership in the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium (FCEBCC), a large-scale project for which funding has now been committed to support the deployment of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses at two California transit agencies.
     
  • ABB Brings Electric Hybrid Bus Charging to Luxembourg City
    Feb 13, 2017 | Automotive World (Wales, UK)
    ABB has installed two fast-chargers for electric hybrid buses at Luxembourg City’s central station. Inaugurated by Ville de Luxembourg on 10 February 2017, the chargers will support 5 electric hybrid buses from Volvo, fully charging each vehicle with 150kW of power in three to six minutes, during the layover times at the end point of the bus route.
     
  • Indianapolis International Airport to Purchase Six Zero Emission All-Electric ZEPS Buses
    Feb 8, 2017 | Mass Transit (Fort Atkinson, WI)
    Complete Coach Works (CCW) has announced that it has been chosen as the contractor that will provide the Indianapolis International Airport (IAA) with six Zero-Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS), all-electric 35 foot remanufactured buses. This will be the largest fleet of electric buses at any airport in the United States.
     
  • CARB: State Seeks Applications for Cleaner, Zero-Emission School Buses
    Feb 7, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    A new program funded by proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program aims to encourage the turnover of the state’s school bus fleet to zero-emission and cleaner-burning school buses...The project could fund as many as 60 new school buses statewide, reducing roughly 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions. These newer and cleaner school buses also reduce fine particle pollution and toxic air contaminants.
     
  • GreenPower Signs Agreement for All-Electric Tule River Bus Fleet
    Feb 7, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    GreenPower Motor Co. Inc., which develops electric-powered vehicles for commercial markets, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Tule River Economic Development Corp. (TREDC) for the acquisition of all-electric buses to replace existing legacy buses. According to GreenPower, the MOU states that the two companies will work together to replace up to 10 buses with the acquisition of two EV 550 all-electric double-decker buses, two all-electric shuttle buses, two all-electric low-floor transit buses and four all-electric school buses.
     
  • China 100% Electric Bus Sales Grew To ~115,700 In 2016
    Feb 3, 2017 | Clean Technica 
    Some 115,700 electric buses were sold in China in 2016, representing a roughly 20% market share for the modality in the country. Impressive numbers — no doubt helped along significantly by the very friendly regulatory environment in the country (with regard to electric buses), and foresight on several levels.

JANUARY

  • Major Collaborative Project to Deploy Fuel Cell Buses Across Europe
    Jan 30, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    A new collaborative initiative is ready to deploy 144 hydrogen fuel cell buses, as part of the JIVE project, and seven large hydrogen refueling stations, per the MEHRLIN project, across Europe. Worth approximately EUR 125 million, these projects represent “a step change for the hydrogen bus sector,” moving from a technology demonstration stage to a day-to-day offering for zero-emission public transport.
     
  • University of California Irvine First Campus to Go Fully Zero Emission, Orders 20 BYD Electric Buses
    Jan 29, 2017 | Inside EVs
    The University Of California Irvine is the first college campus in the US switching its entire bus fleet to zero emissions from the academic year 2017-18. For approximately $15 million, UC Irvine will acquire 20 all-electric buses manufactured by BYD, on top on of the already in use single hydrogen bus it employs. The Anteater Express shuttle service at UC Irvine is student-funded.
     
  • Ballard to Help Develop Fuel Cell Buses in China
    Jan 27, 2017 | Hydrogen Fuel News (Newhall, CA)
    Ballard Power Systems has successfully won an order for 10 of its innovative fuel cell systems from a Chinese bus manufacturer. Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group is looking to expand its clean transportation efforts and aims to manufacture more electric buses in the near future. The company has been showing greater interest in hydrogen fuel cells, largely due to their efficiency and power generation capabilities. Fuel cell buses could become significantly more popular as bus manufacturers begin to show favor for fuel cell technology.
     
  • Ballard to Provide Fuel Cell Engines for 10 Zero-Emission Buses
    Jan 25, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Ballard Power Systems says it has signed an initial equipment sales agreement with a major Chinese manufacturer of battery-electric buses for 10 FCveloCity-MD 30 kW fuel cell engines. As reported, Ballard plans to deliver the engines to Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group this year for integration into buses that will be deployed in Beijing. Yinlong plans to manufacture approximately 35,000 EV buses in 2017.
     
  • Seattle is Getting a Massive Fleet of All-Electric Buses, Proterra Gets the Bulk of the Order
    Jan 12, 2017 | Electrek
    King County’s Metro Transit, which includes Seattle’s metro area, announced a zero-emission transition of its fleet of buses and confirmed that it will add 120 new all-electric buses over the next 3 years. Proterra is getting the bulk of the order.
     
  • The Bus Future is Electric, Says UITP
    Jan 11, 2017 | ITS International (Kent, UK)
    More and more cities in Europe and around the world are turning to electric buses (or e-buses) in an effort to go green according to UITP’s new ZeEUS eBus Report. The report, published as part of the Zero Emission Urban Bus System project, reveals that 19 public transport operators and authorities, covering around 25 European cities, have a published e-bus strategy for 2020. By this date, there should be more than 2,500 electric buses operating in these cities, representing six per cent of their total fleet of 40,000.
     
  • Sweden is Obsessed With Finding the Perfect Electric Bus Route
    Jan 9, 2017 | Inverse (San Francisco, CA)
    Not only did Sweden roll out its first wireless charging electric buses earlier this month, researchers created a model that can transform the way cities think about urban transit.

2016

DECEMBER

  • Chicago’s Electric Buses Run 82 Daily Routes with Zero Emissions
    Dec 19, 2016 | EfficientGov (San Francisco, CA)
    This month marks the launch of the first privately-run, 100 percent zero-emission electric bus fleet in the country in Chicago, partially funded by Drive Clean Chicago, a federally-funded program...The 10 zero-emission electric buses, leased from Proterra by private investment firm 601W Companies, replace eight diesel buses. They provide 35,000 rides monthly to individuals who work in the two buildings.

  • CTE Hosts International Zero Emission Bus Conference
    Dec 13, 2016 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    According to CTE, more than 250 people from 22 countries attended the clean transit event, where public and private sectors showcase considerations for the expansion of zero-emission bus technology. CTE hosted the event with the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and U.K.-based Element Energy, in partnership with the European Union’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.  There are currently more than 200 zero-emission buses operating in the U.S. By 2018, this number will grow to nearly 600, based on published awards and sales to date. The state of California is presently considering a target goal that would require transit fleets to be entirely zero-emission by 2040.

  • City of Porterville to Purchase 10 GreenPower All-Electric Transit Buses
    Dec 7, 2016 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $9.5 million to the City of Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower EV350 40-foot, zero-emission, all-electric transit buses on all nine Porterville Transit routes and to install the associated charging infrastructure, including 11 charging stations.

NOVEMBER

  • Zero-Emission Buses Coming to Marin County
    Nov 28, 2016 | San Rafael Patch (CA)
    Marin Transit has embarked on a pilot project to test the technology of two 35-foot, zero-emission electric buses. The $1.6 million pilot project will evaluate the performance, reliability, cost and sustainability of the buses on various routes throughout Marin County. The new buses will have a 12-year battery and slow charge technology, and are expected to be delivered within six to 10 months.

  • A Fleet Of Zero-Emission Buses Are Coming Soon To The Central California
    Nov 18, 2016 | Valley Public Radio (Clovis, CA)
    With a goal of improving air quality in the Valley the California Air Resources Board is providing funding for 15 zero-emission electric buses from a company called Proterra. Four of those buses will end up operating under the Fresno County Rural Transit agency. It’s all part of a plan to transition their fleet to 100 percent electric vehicles. 

  • Order Complete: LA Metro Receives 900th New Flyer CNG Bus
    Nov 17, 2016 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has officially received its 900th and final New Flyer XN40 compressed natural gas (CNG) bus from a $508 million contract signed nearly four years ago. According to Metro, this delivery completes an order for new CNG buses to total 40% of the current fleet.

OCTOBER

  • BYD Honored for Clean-Tech
    Oct 24, 2016 | Ecns.cn (Beijing, China)
    BYD Motors, the U.S. arm of the Chinese automaker and rechargeable batteries firm BYD Co Ltd, has received a clean-tech award for its contribution to improving the environment in Long Beach, California. Long Beach Transit (LBT), a municipal transit company, is the award co-honoree for the city's zero-emission electric bus program. Both companies received the Green Partners CleanTech Award on Oct 21 from the Long Beach-Qingdao Sister City Association (LBQA).

  • TARC Becomes One of the Largest EV Bus Operators With 15 Proterras
    Oct 21, 2016 | Inside EVs
    The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Greater Louisville is adding six new electric buses for a total of 15 in operation. With the addition the service is clearly one of the largest fleets of electric buses to be found in the U.S. The electric buses in this case are also being utilized at the city’s most popular destinations, which makes them even more visible to the public.

  • Toyota to Introduce 100 Fuel Cell Buses Ahead of Tokyo Olympics
    Oct 21, 2016 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    According to the company, Toyota plans to introduce over 100 fuel cell buses mainly in the Tokyo area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In view of this, the FC buses will be sold for the first time in Japan in early 2017 so as to encourage the utilization of fuel cell buses as a form of public transportation.

  • Ballard Power Systems Deploys 10 More Fuel Cell Buses in China
    Oct 19, 2016 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Canada-based fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems says it has commissioned and deployed 10 fuel cell-powered buses in the City of Yunfu, in the Chinese province of Guangdong, as part of the government’s larger plan to address air quality in urban centers through zero-tailpipe-emission mass transit solutions.

  • $8.1 Million for New MTD Fleet
    Oct 12, 2016 | The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL)
    Twelve new buses — with a total price tag of $8.1 million — were formally introduced to the streets of Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday. The 40-foot, near-zero-emission, diesel-electric hybrid buses cost more to purchase but less to operate and are cleaner and quieter than traditional diesel buses.

SEPTEMBER

  • Air Products to Install Hydrogen Station, Fuel Supply for SARTA
    Sep 29, 2016 | Next-Gen Transportation News (Oxford, CT)
    Air Products, a global supplier of hydrogen to refineries to assist in producing cleaner-burning transportation fuels, says that it will provide a new hydrogen fueling station and liquid hydrogen supply to Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) for its zero-emission bus fleet. SARTA will begin fueling buses next month and plans to grow its fleet to 10 buses over the next two years.

  • UM Will Become First US Campus to Launch Zero-Emission, Fast-Charging Electric Buses This Week
    Sep 29, 2016 | KVGO (Missoula, MT)
    The Associated Students of the University of Montana will launch its first zero-emission vehicles this week. ASUM Office of Transportation Director Jordan Hess says these two new buses are very efficient.

  • BruinBus Transit Fleet Ditches Diesel and Goes All Clean Fuel
    Sep 27, 2016 | UCLA Newsroom (Los Angeles, CA)
    UCLA became the first public university in California with electric buses today, when two zero-emissions electric buses replaced the last diesel buses in the BruinBus transit fleet. Combined with the 14 current compressed natural gas, or CNG, buses in UCLA’s fleet, UCLA’s first electric buses switch the BruinBus fleet to all clean fuel, and continue to reduce the university’s reliance on fossil fuel. 

  • Long Beach Transit Unveils 1 Of 10 Electric Buses To Be Added To Fleet In November
    Sep 26, 2016 | CBS Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
    The Long Beach Transit on Monday rolled out one of 10 new battery-powered electric buses it will add to its fleet in the first week of November. The battery on each of the bus is supposed to hold a charge of about 150 miles, about a day’s worth of transit. The Long Beach Transit said it spent $11 million on the environmentally friendly buses and a wireless charging system.

  • Metro Will Soon Start Testing New Electric Bus In Greater Houston
    Sep 23, 2016 | Houston Public Media (Houston, TX)
    Metro’s fleet has over 1,200 buses. Some run on clean diesel, others are hybrids, and there’s a few that run on compressed natural gas.
    What Metro doesn’t have is an all-electric bus, but that could soon change. Starting in December, Metro will try out a bus that operates solely on battery power. It’s manufactured by Proterra, a California-based company, that produces zero-emission vehicles.

  • TriMet Charges Ahead with Electric Buses
    Sep 20, 2016 | Sustainable Life (Portland, OR)
    Thanks to a $3.4 million federal grant, TriMet is adding electric buses to its fleet. It’s another step forward for the regional transit agency, which is reflecting an industrywide shift toward more sustainable transportation methods. TriMet already has eight hybrid buses in its fleet of about 675 buses and with the federal grant will be adding four electric buses in 2018.

  • BYD Adding Capacity and Personnel to Its California Bus and Truck Plant
    Sep 16, 2016 | HybridCars (Toronto, ON)
    BYD is getting ready to grow its manufacturing plant and presence in the U.S. zero-emission bus and truck market. Chinese automaker BYD said that its launched the second of three expansion phases at its manufacturing plant in Lancaster, Calif. Located about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, the plant is expected to see an additional 40,000 square feet added to the existing facility.

  • China’s Electric Bus Giant Plans Rapid Growth in US
    Sep 14, 2016 | Global Construction Review (London, UK)
    BYD Auto, one of the world’s largest electric bus and truck makers, announced yesterday that it planned to quadruple the size of its manufacturing plant in California. The factory in Lancaster covers 8,000 square metres now and makes 300 vehicles a year. Under the plans, the plant will grow to 37,000 square metres, increase its employees from 300 to 1,000, and turn out 1,000 vehicles a year.

  • Proterra Catalyst® E2 Series Sets New Industry Precedent with a Nominal Range of up to 350 Miles
    Sep 12, 2016 | PR Newswire (New York, NY)
    Today at the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Annual Meeting, Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, unveiled the newest addition to its fleet of zero-emission vehicles: the Catalyst E2 series, named for its unprecedented Efficient Energy (E2) storage capacity of 440 - 660 kWh. Its nominal range of 194 - 350 miles means the Catalyst E2 series is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. mass transit route on a single charge and offers the transit industry the first direct replacement for fossil-fueled transit vehicles.

AUGUST

  • Decade of Efforts to Keep Hangzhou's Skies Blue
    Aug 31, 2016 | CCTV (Beijing, China)
    Hangzhou has traditionally been known as boasting the beauty of heaven on Earth. And the city’s authorities have been working hard to make sure Hangzhou lives up to that reputation, by cleaning up the air.  Clean water and a clear blue sky are must-haves for a city with tourism as a pillar industry. To clean up the environment, the city’s government has deployed modern technology, for example, replacing diesel buses with electric buses.
     
  • MetroLINK Buying Two New Battery Electric Buses to Add to Fleet
    Aug 26, 2016 | WQAD News 8 (Moline, IL)
    MetroLINK is dipping into the battery-powered bus world with the roll-out of two brand new buses. The company will be buying the zero-emissions vehicles, and if the buses are a popular selection with riders and drivers, MetroLINK could make an even bigger investment in the buses over the next four years. The move to get the buses comes as the Chicago Transit Authority is investing $30-40 million in electric-based transportation.
     
  • Who Makes Electric Buses?  BYD, Mercedes, Proterra...and Tesla Says it Will
    Aug 26, 2016 | Green Car Reports (Palo Alto, CA)
    Electric cars get lots of attention from advocates and policymakers, but private passenger vehicles are hardly the only ones on the road. In most cities, for example, they share the streets with lumbering buses—usually powered by big diesel engines, sometimes in hybrid drivetrains. Slowly but surely, though, electric buses have gained traction in the U.S., Europe, and China.
     
  • Cities Take the Electric Bus to Fight Climate Change -- and Save Money
    Aug 23, 2016 | TakePart (Beverly Hills, CA)
    Forget Tesla—the big new thing in electric transportation is the battery-powered bus.  Cars, buses, and trucks account for about a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. But only 1 percent of the country’s 70,000 buses are electric. The market is growing, though, and electric and hybrid buses are expected to account for 5 percent of new purchases this year.

  • Electric Vehicle Company Expanding in Foster City: Motiv Power Systems Top Zero-Emission Powertrain Manufacturer for Trucks, Buses
    Aug 18, 2016 | The Daily Journal (San Mateo, CA)
    Move over dirty diesel, there’s a growing electric vehicle company in town hoping to make zero-emission trucks and buses the wave of the future.  Thursday, Motiv Power Systems is celebrating its expansion into its new Foster City headquarters alongside a slew of local dignitaries, tech gurus and environmental advocates excited to promote the company’s dedication to sustainability.

  • Louisville Adds 6 All-Electric, Zero-Emission Buses: TARC Now Has 15 Electric Buses
    Aug 4, 2016 | The Lane Report (Lexington, KY)
    Transit Authority of River City (TARC) has begun adding six new all-electric, zero-emission buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park in Louisville. With the new buses, TARC will have a total of 15 all-electric buses on the road, making it one of the largest electric bus operators in the country.

  • UTA to Introduce Zero-Emission Buses Next Year
    Aug 2, 2016 | KUTV (Salt Lake City, UT)
    (KUTV) Utah Transit Authority, in partnership with the University of Utah, will introduce a fleet of five battery-powered buses as early as next year.  A $5.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Association will allow UTA to purchase and study the fleet. It will serve downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.

JULY

  • Long Beach to Build New Station to Showcase New Zero-Emissions Buses
    Jul 25, 2016 | Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA)
    Long Beach Transit’s leadership plans to spend nearly $1.5 million to build on a new bus station to recharge and show off its incoming fleet of zero-emissions buses. The transit provider’s leadership has committed to putting zero-emissions buses, manufactured by BYD Motors Inc., on Long Beach streets by the end of this year. 

  • Sneak Preview of SEPTA's New Electric Buses During DNC
    Jul 19, 2016 | Bizjournals.com (Philadelphia, PA)
    Commuters, and maybe a few visiting delegates, will get a sneak preview of SEPTA's new electric buses during the Democratic National Convention next week.  
     
  • It's Rush Hour for Urban Electric Buses
    Jul 13, 2016 | Greenbiz.com (Oakland, CA)
    Amid recent attention to the transportation emissions of the urban core — with the US and China announcing a "race to zero emissions" in electric bus deployment and California issuing $23 million in grants for manufacturers to build EV big rigs for ports — there’s also the private sector idea of sharing technology.  
     
  • Route to a Greener Future Includes Zero Emissions Buses
    Jul 5, 2016 | San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Monrovia, CA)
    Every day, passengers at Foothill Transit’s Pomona Transit Center see something unusual: battery-electric buses pausing at the station to charge between dropping off and picking up passengers.

JUNE

  • US-China Climate Smart Low Carbon Cities Summit Opens
    Jun 8, 2016 | CCTV.com (Washington, DC)
    US Secretary of State John Kerry and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi have kicked off the second US-China Climate Smart Low Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing. 
     
  • US, China Kick Off Race to Zero Emissions Challenge
    Jun 6, 2016 | ITS International (Kent, UK)
    US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and China’s Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang unveiled the US-China Race to Zero Emissions (R2ZE) Challenge during the eighth US-China Transportation Forum in Los Angeles and invited cities and transit agencies in the two countries to join in.
     
  • 公交零排放 美中启动绿色目标 
    Jun 4, 2016 | US China Press (New York, NY)
    【侨报记者聂达6 月3 日洛杉矶报道】6 月3 日, 于洛杉矶千禧酒店举办的“第八届中美交通运输论坛” 上,联邦交通运输部部长 安东尼·福克斯 与中华人民共和国交通运输部部长 杨传堂,首次共同提出为实现中美绿色能源合作的“中美零排放公交项目”,并为该项目举行揭牌仪式。
     
  • US and China Announce Race to Zero - Competition to Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas and Spur Growth of Global Market for Emission Free Buses
    Jun 3, 2016 | Marketwired (El Segundo, CA)
    The transportation leaders from the United States and China today announced the creation of the "Race to Zero Emissions," a competition between cities in the two countries to determine which one will deploy the highest percentage of emission free buses by 2025. The race is designed to improve air quality in urban areas and prevent climate change.

MAY

APRIL

  • SEPTA to Add 25 Electric Buses Next Year
    Apr 21, 2016 | Philly.com (Philadelphia, PA)
    A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
     
  • Chapel Hill Takes Step Toward Cleaner Transit with New Buses
    Apr 17, 2016 | Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, NC)
    The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved two resolutions to replace up to 53 buses with newer, energy efficient diesel buses. The resolution aims to replace the town's older buses, 42 of which are over 14 years old. 
     
  • First Fully Refurbished, All Electric Bus Has Made its Way to Frederick County TransIT
    Apr 7, 2016 | Your4state.com (Hagerstown, MD)
    Some buses running on Frederick County’s TransIT system will not have a loud engine anymore. Instead, they will have batteries, making them the first fully refurbished, all electric buses running on the East Coast.

MARCH

FEBRUARY

  • AVTA Contracts with BYD for 85 Electric Buses
    Feb 22, 2016 | The Antelope Valley Times (Lancaster, CA) 
    During a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors voted to award BYD a contract to manufacture up to 85 electric buses over a five year period.
     
  • DART Gets $7.6 Million from Feds to Buy 7 All-Electric Buses
    Feb 5, 2016 | The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
    The Federal Transit Admission just announced it’s giving the transit agency $7,637,111 to purchase seven all-electric buses as part of its D-Link fleet serving downtown and North Oak Cliff.
     
  • Duluth to Receive Six Electric Buses
    Feb 3, 2015 | Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN) 
    With wraparound windshields fit for the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, the future of busing is coming to Duluth in 2016. The Duluth Transit Authority was awarded grants for electric buses and charging stations worth more than $6.3 million by the Federal Transit Administration on Monday.
     
  • UM Orders Zero-Emission Electric Buses for UDASH Fleet
    Feb 2, 2016 | University of Montana (Missoula, MT) 
    The Associated Students of the University of Montana recently announced its decision to “go electric” with the purchase of zero-emission battery-electric buses. With approval by the Montana University System Board of Regents, the student-led transit agency will be the first in the U.S. to bring fast-charging electric buses to a University fleet.

JANUARY

  • CTA Poised for Massive Expansion of Electric Bus Fleet
    Jan 17, 2016 | Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, IL) 
    The CTA is primed for a major expansion of its electric bus experiment now that it can use an $8.1 million federal grant to buy as many as 27 zero-emission “green machines,” the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
     
  • Stark County to Use Clean Energy in Buses
    Jan 5, 2016 | Beacon Journal (Akron, OH)
    Stark County will soon become home to the largest fleet of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses outside of California. Stark Area Regional Transit Authority held a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday for the transit authority’s new hydrogen fueling $1.6 million facility off Gateway Boulevard Southeast in Canton that will service the seven-bus fleet when completed.

 


     

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