Positive Future #148 (Feature photo – New Flyer Electric Bus – photo courtesy of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System)
A few years ago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a study that air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year in the U.S.
In response, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System just approved the purchase of 6 forty-foot electric buses from New Flyer for a cost of $6 million. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is piloting this program to explore zero-emissions transportation. Considering the San Diego metro is home to 3.3 million people, San Diego is clearly part of a larger national trend.
The new electric buses will have a range of 150 to 200 miles to the charge. The buses will also have the latest security systems, wheelchair restraint systems and electric air conditioning and engine coolant systems.