The Sierra Club, Niagara Group is requesting the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) purchase plug-in electric buses for their fleet. Electric Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs) have no tail-pipe emissions, i.e. no greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitric oxide or black carbon. In contrast, the average diesel bus emits over 200,000 lbs. of greenhouse gases annually, and a compressed natural gas (CNG) bus over 300,000 lbs. annually. The fuel economy of a typical electric bus is over the equivalent of 20 mpg as opposed to average diesel and CNG buses of 3 to 4 mpg. This amounts to a $200,000 to $350,000 savings in fuel expenses for ZEBs over the course of their average lifespan on ten years. ZEBs have 30% less working parts than do other buses requiring less maintenance and provides 75% savings in brake work.
New York State recently adopted the Clean Energy Standard mandating that 50% of the State’s electricity be provided from renewable sources by 2030. The purchase of electric buses by the NFTA will help meet this need by providing a public transportation fleet which can be run completely on renewable energy.
We encourage and support the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) purchasing 10 ZEBs by 2018. Send a message to NFTA to express your support for Zero Emission Buses for the Niagara region!