BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Two new battery-electric buses were unveiled to the public Monday in a move Governor Lamont hailed as critical to the environment.
According to Governor Lamont’s office, each replacement of a diesel bus with an electric bus will avoid 230,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year – the equivalent of planting 5,000 trees.
“This program illustrates our commitment not only to public transportation and the thousands of Connecticut citizens who rely on it every day, but also to the environment,” Governor Lamont said. “This green technology is state-of-the-art and will serve us for years to come with clean, safe, reliable service, which is the best way to get people out of their cars and onto buses and trains.”
Several other speakers at the unveiling stressed the importance of clean, reliable public transportation, especially for lower-income populations in certain parts of Connecticut.
“Electrification of this sector promises to slash harmful diesel emissions that disproportionally impact vulnerable communities that are the hardest hit by the health effects of air pollution and the impacts of climate change,” said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Together, we are committed and actively engaged in building a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous future locally, regionally, and nationally.”
Highlights of the buses include quiet operation, carbon-fiber-reinforced composite bodies, and anticipated reduced operating costs due to approximately 30 percent fewer parts than an internal combustion engine.