Buses are everywhere – an integral part of the traffic scenery of our daily commute. School buses, transit buses, senior transportation buses, medical buses, and more occupy the road and make their way toward a variety of destinations. In recent years, large strides have been made in the vehicle industry – particularly for bigger transport such as buses – as society has become more aware of the importance of green living. Sometimes, the tried and true is exactly what is needed.
The wheels on the bus go round and round… and round. However, other times, reinventing the wheel is needed to bring efficiency, eco-friendliness, and convenience to the next level toward the future. Electric buses provide a reliable and responsible alternative to diesel-powered vehicles, offering a variety of benefits for both the operator and the community as a whole.
- No diesel means easier maintenance.
A large aspect of the budget for vehicle management is the maintenance including smog checks, oil changes, coolant changes, and brake pad changes. Smog checks and oil changes are not required for electric vehicles and coolant and brake pad changes are needed significantly less, which can free up extensive time and money. Plus, time is money, and with less time invested in maintenance, vehicle mechanics can focus on other priority tasks.
- Zero emissions and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology make an environmentally friendly and health conscious choice. Electric buses produce no emissions, unlike diesel, propane, and diesel fueled tanks that contribute to harmful pollutants in the air. This is not only better for the environment, but also for the individuals riding in the bus — students, seniors, neighbors — who are exposed to the atmosphere around and within the bus. Additionally, electric buses give unused energy back to the power grid to reduce disruption and increase efficiency of the energy system.
- Quieter operations offer a comfortable environment for passengers. Electric vehicles are quieter than vehicles that run on alternate fuel sources. This provides an elevated experience for those on board to school, activities, or for their daily commute.
- Save green by going green: Electric buses are more cost-effective. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, although the initial cost of an electric bus is more expensive than a typical diesel bus, the long term investment offers power costs that are 2.5 cheaper and predictable over the years. Additionally, fuel economy for electric vehicles is significantly higher than for diesel vehicles — getting more mileage for your budget.
Electric buses are a great example of reinventing the wheel in a way that matters in the long run. With easier maintenance, supportive eco-friendliness, quieter atmosphere, and lower fuel costs, electric buses offer an array of benefits that facilitate an efficient future of transportation.