Eleven KM8 electric buses from BYD Motors were recently added to the WSTA fleet in Wenatchee, Washington. Photo from BYD.

More than Half of U.S. Transit Buses Used Advanced Technology or Alternative Fuels in 2020

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In 2020, more than half (56%) of all transit buses were either hybrid electric or powered by an alternative fuel such as natural gas, propane, hydrogen, biodiesel, or electricity. In 1996, the vast majority (95.4%) of transit buses were powered by conventional petroleum diesel. By 2020, conventional diesel transit buses represented only 42.7% of the total fleet. Natural gas, including compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), fueled 30.2% of transit buses in 2020 while 18.8% were hybrid electric, 5.6% ran on biodiesel, and 1.4% were powered by hydrogen.

Transit Buses by Fuel Type, 1996-2020

Source: American Public Transportation Association, 2022 Public Transportation Fact Book, Appendix A, Table 35.

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