Southern California School Says It’s ‘First College Campus
In the Nation to Convert Its Buses to an All-Electric Fleet’
The University of California, Irvine, said today that it’s “poised to be the first college campus in the nation to convert its buses to an all-electric fleet,” as students have agreed to pay $15 million for 20 all-battery buses from BYD.
The vehicles are being built at the company’s Lancaster, Calif. plant to enter service with the school’s Anteater Express shuttle fleet for the 2017-2018 academic year. They’ll join an existing joining a hydrogen fuel cell electric bus “to provide more than 2 million pollution-free rides annually,” states a university release.
“UCI is taking an important step, becoming the first college campus in the country with an all-electric transit fleet,” BYD America president Stella Li says in the announcement.
“This forward-looking decision is proof of what many in higher education already know: that electric vehicles aren’t a far-off technology of the future but are here and ready to be put to use today” she said.
Undergraduates voted to pay as much as $40 per quarter to the Associated Students of UCI to cover the bus purchase and other costs, the release notes.
Individual Anteater Express rides are free.
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Source: UC Irvine with Fleets & Fuels follow-up