Supports Electric Buses for Juneau
The Juneau commercial transportation sector can be dramatically transformed by the electrification of buses and commercial delivery vehicles. With over a million tourists a year being driven throughout Juneau combined with hundreds of thousands of tons of freight, a lot of diesel is burned. This is costly as well as a considerable source of pollution that with thinking a bit smarter, can be virtually eliminated in Juneau while simultaneously reducing costs. . For example, Proterra, a manufacturer of electric busses, recently did a reliability study in Seattle on their buses and found they could operate over a million miles without incident. This study found that an electric buses lower operation costs, substantially reduce pollution and save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifecycle of the vehicle. This is the reason that electric bus deliveries are back ordered by over 18 months. To date, a mass transit transformation is happening across America as US cities have begun conversion to electric busses to reduce their mass transit operational costs and to improve ridership, safety and occupational hazards for their employees. Juneau has several electric public transportation buses on order and the transformation has begun.
In 2005, 1.1% of all buses were powered from an electric/other energy source. In 2010, 7% of buses were power by electricity. More recent numbers from 2014 show that nearly 18% of all buses in the U.S. run off of electric/other energy sources. The inevitability of electric buses and electric delivery is happening and Juneau is transforming too. Bob Janes of Gastineau Guiding placed into service the summer of 2016, the first electric bus in Alaska. Our Juneau Capital Transit will save hundreds of thousands of dollars while making our Capital Transit system more sustainable and cost effective too.