With the new buses, PSTA now operates a total of six battery-powered, zero-emission electric buses, in addition to its 88 hybrid buses. Currently, about half of PSTA’s fleet runs on diesel, but the agency is hoping to eliminate all of those buses from its fleet within the next decade.
“Our electric buses now will be running in all parts of Pinellas County,” said Brad Miller, CEO of PSTA. “We are committed to sustainable choices that are environmentally responsible and financially stable. Our electric bus program will contribute to improved air quality for Pinellas County residents, and it will reduce the costs of operating our fleet.’’
Each electric bus is powered by a rechargeable, environmentally friendly battery and averages 180 miles or about 14 hours of operating time on a single charge. PSTA estimates it will save about $20,000 a year in diesel fuel costs with each electric bus, or $240,000 over 12 years.