City Mayors Leading To A Cleaner Future With E-Buses
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On October 23, 2017, twelve major cities’ mayors pledged to multiple ambitious goals to enable their cities to be greener, healthier, and more prosperous. These twelve cities are: London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Aukland, and Cape Town. One of the goals is to only buy all-electric buses starting in 2025.
Some of the twelve cities have already had similar initiatives in place: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) had already made commitment for its transit to be all electric by 2030 and recently placed an order for 100 all-electric buses.
There are some other initiatives in the agreement in addition to the pledge in buying electric buses:
- Increase rates of walking, cycling, and the use of public and shared transport.
- Reduce the number of polluting vehicles on city streets.
- Lead by example by procuring zero emission vehicles for city fleets.
- Collaborate with suppliers, fleet operators, and businesses to accelerate the shift to zero emission vehicles and reduce vehicle miles in city.
With BYD, Protera, Volvo, New Flyer, Hyundai, etc., transit companies have a wide range of options to convert their fleet to all-electric buses/vehicles in decades to come. Protera’s CEO recently commented that electric buses are cheaper than diesel/CNG. Since it seems a certainty that these E-Bubses will be more cost effective to obtain, maintain, and operate, then how quickly these E-Buses will be showing up on our roads may also be determined by E-Buses manufacturers’ and investors’ increase in investments for their production capacity. Regardless how fast these E-Buses will be arriving, these twelve city mayors have certainly assured us a much cleaner and healthier future.
Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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