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More Charging Infrastructure Coming for Electric Trucks and Buses in California

, senior vehicles analyst

Great news from San Francisco today. The California Public Utilities Commission approved San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) five-year, $107 million proposal to invest in charging infrastructure for electric trucks and buses. Read more >

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Electric Airport Shuttle Buses Are Taking Off

, senior vehicles analyst

No single policy will solve all of our air quality and climate problems—but incremental progress will help (airport shuttle buses included). Read more >

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Electric Utilities Can Accelerate Electric Truck and Bus Deployment

, Clean Vehicles Analyst

In my inaugural blog post, I am excited to share a set of recommendations for electric utility investments in electric truck and bus charging programs. Read more >

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California Gets one Step Closer to Zero-Emission Transit Buses

, senior vehicles analyst

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently released a draft standard for transitioning the state’s transit buses to zero-emission battery or fuel cell technologies by 2040. This is great news for bus riders, bus drivers, local air quality, and tackling global warming emissions from the transportation sector.

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Map of the United States showing the fuel efficiency that a diesel bus would need to have the same life cycle global warming emissions as a battery electric bus in each region.

Electric vs. Diesel vs. Natural Gas: Which Bus is Best for the Climate?

, senior vehicles analyst

Battery electric buses – the people’s electric vehicle – are becoming more and more common. An increasing number of transit agencies – large and small – are making announcements about purchasing electric buses and putting them into operation.

The obvious benefit of electric buses is that they don’t have any tailpipe emissions. A question we often get at UCS is, “What about emissions used to generate electricity for electric vehicles?”

We answered this for buses charged on California’s grid and found that battery electric buses had 70 percent lower global warming emissions than a diesel or natural gas bus (it’s gotten even better since that analysis). So what about the rest of the country?

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