Wednesday, May 16, 2018

San Francisco Commits to All-Electric Bus Fleet by 2035

San Francisco commits to all-electric bus fleet By 2035; MUNI Board approves pilot program.

One of MUNI’s newer 40' electric trolley buses. (Credit: MUNI) Click to Enlarge.
San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates MUNI (the city’s public transit), announced San Francisco’s commitment to have an all-electric bus fleet by 2035.  SFMTA will only purchase all-electric buses starting in 2025 to meet the goal for 2035.

The SFMTA Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the commitment towards an all-electric bus fleet along with a pilot program to evaluate and implement battery electric vehicles.  MUNI currently operates the largest fleet of electric trolley buses.

The trolley buses, like all light rail, streetcar, and cable car vehicles in the city, run on Hetch Hetchy hydroelectricity via overhead wires.  MUNI also runs a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles which use renewable diesel.

(The Hetch Hetchy watershed, an area located in Yosemite National Park, provides approximately 85% of San Francisco’s total water needs.  Owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Hetch Hetchy system also has a combined total hydroelectric generating capacity of approximately 385 megawatts.  Hydroelectricity from Hetch Hetchy powers all of the City’s municipal facilities (SFO, SFGH, MUNI, fire stations and more), residents and businesses in the Hunter’s Point Shipyard, Treasure Island and other retail customers. )

Read more at San Francisco Commits to All-Electric Bus Fleet by 2035; MUNI Board Approves Pilot Program

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