Globally, about one quarter of CO2 emissions are caused by transportation. In fact, emissions by the transportation sector are growing faster than any other contributing sector. One of the dirtiest culprits in the worldwide vehicle fleet is transit buses. In a city like Bogota, transit buses represent only 5% of the city’s total vehicles, yet they produce 25% of its CO2 emissions!
Read about “E-buses a question of when, not if”:
E-buses are much better for the environment depending on the cleanliness of the electric grid by which they are powered. Zero exhaust, less noise, and less vibration make e-buses just plain nicer to be around. Streamlined electric engines are also much easier to maintain than internal combustion engines. David Warren, director of sustainable transportation at New Flyer bus manufacturer, points out that buses are leading the revolution of the electrification of cars and trucks in the U.S., where e-bus sales increased by 32% last year. China’s national mandate promotes all sorts of electric vehicles. Therefore, 17% of the world’s buses are electric (425,000 in total), and 99% of those are in China.
Watch video of e-buses as part of mass transit solution:
Watch on YouTube »
When the U.S. finally adopts a healthy infrastructure bill/plan, green transportation is going to soar. The power grids will continue to be designed and built by electrical contractors. All sorts of charging and re-charging solutions are going to continue to be constructed by ECs. By 2040, 60% of all fleet buses will be electric (Bloomberg New Energy Finance). The work is just beginning.
Read more about the world’s most iconic cities net-zero emissions goals by 2030:
NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not-too-distant future. Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.