Electrifying a municipal public transportation system is a no-regret solution that provides significant cost, health, and environmental benefits. According to the US Department of Transportation, every zero emission bus is able to eliminate 1,690 tons of CO2 over its lifespan. Additionally, electric buses reduce fuel and maintenance costs by $300,000-350,000 over the lifespan of each bus.

A. Electric Buses in Public Transportation​

Transit buses are one of the most effective uses of electric vehicles, saving money, improving riders’ experience, and reducing local air pollution. For example, Greensboro, North Carolina is transitioning its transit buses to electric and will be saving $300,000-$350,000 per bus over the lifetime of each vehicle due to dramatically lower maintenance and fueling costs. Additionally, federal cost-share funding for transit buses efficiently leverages local funding. Cost-share funding via the federal Low or No Emission Vehicle Program - 5339(c) and the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) for buses efficiently leverages local funding.



B. Electric Taxi, Uber/LYFT Targets

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are increasing among cities and their greenhouse gas emissions are also increasing. Cities and Counties should engage directly with TNCs to ensure EV adoption and charging infrastructure is being planned accordingly. Cities can also leverage public-private partnerships to install DC fast charging ‘hubs’ to grow the infrastructure needed to support TNC electric drivers. High powered hubs can also be co-located with transit, and school bus infrastructure to maximize efficiency and decrease costs.


C. School Districts EVs, EVSE, and Electric School Buses

School districts have very large potential savings to be realized by electrifying their bus fleets. Electric school buses save on average $50,000 over their lifetime due to low maintenance and fuel costs and significantly reduce children’s exposure to harmful pollutants in diesel exhaust from conventional buses. Additionally, school districts can electrify their light-duty vehicle fleet and provide charging in their parking lots.

D. Support New and Emerging Shuttle Services with EVs and EVSE

Many private transportation companies have developed creative electric solutions to address last-mile and local transportation goals.