Detroit DOT starts EV Transition with Four Buses in Fleet

May 27, 2022
The electric buses can run about 200 to 250 miles on a single charge. For every electric bus replacing a diesel-powered one, some 230,000 pounds of carbon pollution are avoided annually

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has started using four Proterra electric buses – the first four to be added to its fleet.

The new buses will ply along routes based out of the Shoemaker Terminal, where the charging station is installed.

The Proterra buses produce less emissions, are more energy efficient, have fewer parts and are quieter than fossil fuel buses. The buses use rechargeable batteries and do not have any harmful emissions. The motors have fewer moving parts and are less costly to maintain. The electric buses can run about 200 to 250 miles on a single charge.

Ken Becker, Regional Sales Director for bus manufacturer Proterra, said, “Transitioning to clean transportation is not just the right thing to do for our health and environment, it’s also the smart thing to do for our communities.”

“Each time a Proterra battery-electric bus replaces a diesel bus, 230,000 pounds of carbon pollution are avoided each year,” he added.

Moreover, these buses do not depend on fuels with fluctuating costs, this helps operators save on operating costs.

The DDOT will test the buses in the coming months and ensure that the electric buses perform as well as the diesel ones, particularly during the harsh winters.