North Carolina’s Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) will be moving forward with the purchase of 4 all-electric 40-foot Proterra buses.
The purchase and potential further purchases of all-electric buses from Proterra represent part of the Mobility Greensboro 2040 plan — which is intended to reduce emissions and to create a “sustainable urban ecosystem.”
“We are proud to be the first city in North Carolina to adopt zero-emission, battery-electric buses,” commented Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “It’s our hope that Greensboro serves as a model for other North Carolina communities — one that will help improve the quality of life, and make our state (an) even better place to live, learn, work, and play.”
“At GTA, we want to offer our riders the opportunity to make sustainable choices through public transit. These new battery-electric Proterra buses will not only provide an environmentally-friendly service to our customers, they’ll also exemplify GTA’s commitment to eco-conscious infrastructure adoption and to strong fiscal responsibility,” commented Adam Fischer, director of the Greensboro Department of Transportation.
The press release provides more: “When the 4 Proterra buses are put in service, they will replace retiring fossil fuel buses and eliminate annually more than 1.2 million lbs of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions. In addition to the environmental benefits, the new electric buses will also have a positive impact on GTA’s bottom line, since they require less energy to operate and reduced maintenance. Over their 12-year lifetime, the 4 Proterra buses will result in maintenance and operations cost savings of more than $1.7 million.”
As part of the purchase arrangement, the city of Greensboro has secured a 5-year maintenance contract with Proterra. The city is reportedly planning to purchase more all-electric buses from Proterra should everything go well.