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Charging Ahead with All-Electric Buses
Pierce Transit has long been a leader in providing clean, environmentally-friendly public transportation. In the 1980s we were among the first transit agency in the nation to move most of our fleet to running on clean, compressed natural gas (CNG). Today 76 percent of Pierce Transit’s bus fleet runs on CNG, 13 percent are diesel-electric hybrids, 8 percent are diesels and 3 percent run on gas.
Pierce Transit recently received a $2.55 million federal “Low or No Emissions” grant that allowed us to purchase three electric buses and related infrastructure. The goals of introducing electric buses into our fleet are to diversity our fleet in the event of a service disruption related to another bus type, and to retain our agency’s commitment to sustainability. Our goal is to continue increasing our electric bus fleet, replacing diesel buses as we go.
The benefits of all-electric buses include:
- Zero emissions
- Replaces a diesel bus
- Meets “Buy America” standards
- Thirty percent fewer parts
- Lower maintenance costs