The Las Vegas Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), along with NV Energy and the Nevada Conservation League, celebrated the addition of four battery-electric buses to the RTC transit fleet.
The new vehicles further the RTC’s sustainability goals and provide air quality benefits for the residents and visitors of Southern Nevada.
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV); RTC Board Chair and Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones; RTC CEO M.J. Maynard; NV Energy Vice President of Integrated Energy Services Marie Steele; and Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Kristee Watson were on hand to unveil one of the new buses.
Making The New BEBs A Reality
Funded by 5307 Formula Fund and NV Energy’s Economic Recovery Transportation Electrification Plan (ERTEP) grants, the new buses provide Southern Nevada with environmentally-friendly alternatives to support a greener community.
“The RTC is committed to furthering its goal of converting to a zero-emission fleet,” said Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones. “Thanks to very generous funding through Congresswoman Titus, our federal delegation, and NV Energy, we are able to add new technology that benefits our transit customers, residents and visitors while reducing our carbon footprint.”
The four 40-foot battery-electric buses are more efficient and less expensive to operate than traditional diesel buses and can store approximately 525kWh on board. Offering a smoother, quieter, and vibration-free ride for passengers, the new buses do not emit greenhouse gases, making them a vital tool in reducing air pollution in urban areas.
The battery-electric bus addition comes on the heels of the RTC’s August 2023 launch of two hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses, which are also environmentally friendly and do not produce greenhouse gas emissions.