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America is #1 With This Fleet of Electric Buses for L.A. Airport

Positive Future #139 (Feature photo – Articulated 60-Foot Electric Bus slated for LAX – CCA SA 2.0 Photo courtesy of Los Angeles World Airport) The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the purchase of 20 60-foot articulated battery-powered electric buses. These new buses will shuttle travelers between terminals and gates. Once the buses arrive, the Los Angeles airport will have the largest fleet of electric buses at an airport in the world. The buses are projected to lower pollution, reduce noise and reduce operating costs when compared to older diesel buses. This news comes on the heels of much larger electric bus plans for Los Angeles. The city plans…

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Do Oil Companies See This One Coming?

Positive Future #135 (Feature photo – Shepherds– CCA SA 2.0 Generic) CleanTechnica recently posted a story that could keep investors buying and owning fossil fuel stocks and bonds awake at night. There are now 400,000 electric buses operating in the world’s congested cities. Every five weeks China produces another 9,500 electric busses headed to cities around the globe. And, there are a number of other major electric bus manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and India. By the end of this year, Bloomberg predicts that electric busses will be displacing 279,000 barrels of diesel fuel per day – that’s 102 million barrels a year. The oil industry must already be feeling…

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Yutong Buses – Manufacturing Change

Positive Future #101 (Feature photo – Yutong Bus – CCA SA 4.0 International) Most of us have never heard of a company called Yutong. Yet, this Chinese company is the world’s largest producer of buses. The company has also become the largest manufacturer of new energy buses with a dedicated facility of some 14.3 million square feet (330 acres). This facility, built in 2012, has the capacity to build 30,000 new energy buses including fully electrics. Making news this week is that small city of Roskilde, Dennmark – which announced that over the course of the next 12 months, they will replace their public buses (20 in total) with fully…

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Katowice, Poland – Is Not in California

Positive Future #88 (Feature photo – Modern Electric Bus – photo courtesy of Winnipeg Transit) Clean Technica just posted an unusual story. The city of Katowice, Poland just announced it was purchasing 300 electric buses. This city of only 300,000 people (amidst a metropolitan area of 2.7 million people) is not in California – the most progressive state as relates to electrification of transportation. No city in the U.S., that we’ve heard of, has anywhere near 300 electric buses. In fact, most U.S. cities are just now toying with the idea and a few progressive cities are starting to test a handful of electric buses. Poland, a small nation in…

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Go America!

Positive Future #82 (Feature photo – Flag of the City of Shreveport – Public Domain) The city of Shreveport, in the state of Louisiana, just announced that it was transitioning 10 percent of its city buses to full battery-electric 40-foot Proterra buses. This is a first for Shreveport (a metro area of 450,000 people) and for Louisiana. What makes it even more exciting is that Proterra is an American company specializing in next-generation emissions-free transportation. The transition is not only about clean air, but the new buses will save the community over $2.2 million in maintenance and fuel costs over their service lives. Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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How Big is the Electric Bus Revolution?

Positive Future #73 (Feature photo – A Row of BYD Electric Buses– CCA SA 4.0 International) The city of London is methodically transforming its bus routes to be fully electric – no gas or diesel buses. News came recently that London just electrified its 4th route – called Route 153 – with 11 electric buses from BYD (A Chinese Bus Company). BYD has bus manufacturing facilities in China, The U.S, and in Europe. So, here is the kicker. BYD sold more than 14,000 electric buses world-wide in 2017. On other news, American electric bus manufacturer – Proterra – made global news recently when one of its electric buses – on…

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Can Poor Nations – Leapfrog over First-World Nations?

Positive Future #57 (Feature photo – Flag of Alexandria – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Egypt, a poor nation of almost 100 million people, is looking to the future with the same anxiety as most people in first-world nations. Oddly, as the bus system of the U.S. capital is touting new diesel electric buses, Alexandria, Egypt is celebrating its first fully electric buses and new charging points. Chinese bus manufacturing company BYD is delivering 15 (K9 12-meter) all electric buses to Alexandria and installing 18 charging points. These are some of the same buses that made global news recently when the city of Shenzhen announced it now had over 16,000 electric…

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Re-visiting Shenzhen – 16,359 Electric City Buses

Positive Future #54 (Feature photo –– CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Earlier we visited the topic of how the city of Shenzhen’s public transport buses were going to be fully electrified by the end of 2017. Well, the event happened. Shenzhen, one of the world’s mega-cities with a population of over 12 million, now has a fleet of 16,359 electric buses – no gas or diesel buses at all. The city has over 500 charging stations with 8,000 charging poles. The official Shenzhen City press release reports that a bus can be fully charged within two hours and Shenzhen is the first city in the world to electrify 100 percent of…

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Electric Bus Gets 1,100 miles On One Charge – Wow

Touch the Soil News #860 (Feature photo – Proterra Electric Bus – photo courtesy of Proterra Media Kit) While it doesn’t make headline news, there is an American Company that has been engineering “electric” buses. The company – Proterra – has now sold fully electric buses into 20 transit authorities in 30 cities around the nation. The buses have proven themselves by logging in over 3.3 million miles of service. Recently (see video below) Proterra broke world records by driving one of its buses for 1,100 miles on a single charge. To help things along, the Federal Transit Authority just announced a grant of $27.5 million. A total of 29…

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