Raleigh-Durham to Replace Diesels with Electric Bus Fleet

By Jesse Sokolow on 18 August 2017
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AMS has had an electric bus fleet since 2015

AMS has had an electric bus fleet since 2015

Raleigh-Durham International Airport said Thursday that it plans to replace four of its transit buses with,Proterra Catalyst E2 zero emissions battery-electric buses.

The airport is Proterra’s first airport customer.

Raleigh-Durham currently transports an average of 112,166 passengers, along with their luggage, a month between Raleigh-Durham’s two parking lots and its terminals with a diesel-powered fleet. The fleet consists of 14 40-foot transit buses that the airport said are normally replaced every four years.

In 2015, Amsterdam Schiphol put a fleet of 35 pure electric BYD ebuses into service to transport airside passengers and both Sydney Airport and Brisbane Airports put electric buses into service in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The Proterra purchase was funded in part by a $1.6 million zero-emissions grant by the Federal Aviation Administration. The manufacturer said that the use of the four new buses will result in the elimination of 16.9 million pounds of greenhouse gases over the lifetime of the vehicles.

The new buses will have an operational cost of $0.19 per mile, significantly less than the diesel buses, which operate at $0.84 per mile. The airport said that the reduced vehicle maintenance costs will result in savings of approximately $1.8 million during the 12-year lifetime of the new vehicle.

The vehicles are scheduled to be put into service by early 2019.

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