Zero Emission Electric Buses

 

proterra bus in factory


Background

 

In 2019, the City of Asheville will deploy five zero-emission electric buses for the City’s transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit   (ART). By committing to transit vehicles that are powered by electricity, the City will reduce fuels costs and dependence on imported energy resources. It will also align with the City’s carbon-reduction goals. The estimated impact is an approximate reduction of 54 tons of emission per year per bus, which adds up to a total of 270 tons of emissions per year once all five ART buses are deployed.

Asheville City Council took a step towards achieving its goal to reduce the City’s carbon footprint Jan. 9, 2018, when it voted to buy five electric buses for the City’s transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART). The buses offer Asheville residents and visitors a modern, zero-emission, ecologically-friendly bus ride.

Greenville, S.C.-based Proterra, a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric buses, delivered the first three electric buses to the City of Asheville in December 2018 and the final two buses in May 2019.  All five electric buses were put into service June 1, 2019. You can catch a ride on an electric bus on routes S3, S6, 170, and E1.

The purchase of these electric buses was primarily made possible through Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funding. In September 2017, the City’s Transportation Department won a highly-competitive grant to purchase zero-emission buses through the FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program. The City of Asheville was selected as the only award recipient in North Carolina and was granted $633,333. This grant, combined with others intended for transit capital purchases, allowed the City to purchase the five zero-emission, battery-electric buses from Proterra.

 


Supporting documents

 

ART fleet procurement policy and related CIP budget considerations / staff report

 Purchase order for one bus

 


Contact

 

Jessica Morriss, Assistant Transportation Director
828-232-4528