These City Bus Routes Are Going All-Electric ― and Saving Money
An interesting look at the economic benefits of going green in public transit. Electric buses cost about $300,000 more than diesel buses; however, the article calculates a number of savings from electric transportation.
- Elimination of 1,690 tons of carbon dioxide over the electric bus' 12-year lifespan.
- City officials can also save $237,000 in maintenance costs from diesel vehicles, by going electric.
- healthcare savings are also another benefit. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, diesel-powered vehicles account for nearly two-thirds of all particulate matter emissions from U.S. transportation sources.
Of course, the problem with these estimates is that they are for intangible quantities. For example, healthcare savings does not have a number associated with it. What's more, buses are not sole contributors to particulate matter emissions. It would have been better to see hard numbers, with regards to fuel efficiency and cost-competitiveness of lithium-ion batteries with diesel, for comparison purposes.
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