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U.S. Bus Fleets Report
Options for
Powering Vehicles
Zero-emission fleets continue to develop
The U.S. zero-emission
rubber-tired fleet
traveled 25.5 million
active miles in 2021
The number of active
zero-emission vehicles
in the U.S. grew by 20%
from 2020 to 2021.
Source: NTD 2021 Revenue Vehicle Inventory
I
n Mass Transit's recent " 2023
Mobility Outlook " survey, 44 percent
of respondents answered
that their agency planned to
award a battery electric bus contract
in 2023 and 11 percent reported
a hydrogen fuel cell bus contract
would be awarded this year, while
31 percent reported a contract for
diesel vehicles would be awarded.
Smaller agencies are beginning their
zero-emission journey with electric
vehicles delivered or put into service
for the first time at Oakville Transit in
Ontario and Santa Maria Regional
Transit. The city of Annapolis, Md.,
ordered its first two electric transit
buses in early February, and Foothill
Transit launched Los Angeles County's
first three hydrogen fuel cell buses
into revenue in early December.
CALSTART, which produces an
annual report tracking the adoption
of zero-emission vehicles, calls
the pace set during the past year
by North American transit agencies
steady, with small market
gains a significant development.
CALSTART's " 2023 Zeroing in on ZEBs "
report determined the total count of
full-size battery-electric and fuel-cell
electric transit buses in the U.S. has
grown to 5,480-a 66 percent increase
since 2021. The total count of small ZEBs
grew by 261 from 2021 - an overall
increase of 42 percent year-over-year,
though the growth rate is 31 percent
less than the rate recorded in 2021.
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1%
Liquified
Petroleum Gas
12%
Gasoline
Source:
NTD 2021 Fuel
and Energy
Canada has also experienced yearto-year
growth in full-size and small
ZEB adoptions. As of September 2022,
the number of ZEBs across the country
has grown to 859. The adoption of
ZEBs grew by 34 percent from 2021,
showing progress toward achieving
net-zero emissions goals by 2050.
CALSTART also recognized the policy and
funding sources in both countries have
aided the adoption of ZEBs. In the U.S.
9%
Electrical
Propulsion
0%
Other Fuel
4%
Bio-Diesel
25%
Compressed
Natural Gas
Rubber-Tired
Transit
Energy Use
by Fuel Type
44%
Diesel
5%
Electric
Battery
more than 1,100 zero-emission vehicles
were slated to be purchased using funds
awarded through the Federal Transit
Administration's Low and No Emission
Grants and Bus and Bus Facilities Grants
programs. In Canada, the Zero Emission
Transit Fund was established in 2021,
which will allocate C$2.75 billion (US$2.04
billion) to ZEB projects over five years
with the federal government aiming to
deploy 5,000 electric transit vehicles.
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March/April 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2023

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
Products
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March/April 2023 - Editor’s Notebook
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March/April 2023 - People & Places
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March/April 2023 - Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
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March/April 2023 - A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
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March/April 2023 - Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
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March/April 2023 - Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
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