New York And New Jersey Port Authority Doubles E-Bus Fleet At Airports

With more and more people wary of climate change, governments and companies like Excellence Coaches are embracing cleaner technologies like electric vehicles, both as a moral and as a pragmatic move to cut down on emissions. One of the latest organizations to embrace this trend is the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which recently doubled their electric bus shuttle fleet for airports in the area, creating the largest fleet of its kind in the US’s East Coast, comprised of 36 buses, and 19 charging stations.

The fleet went live in early October 2020, three months ahead of schedule, operating at several airports in the area: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty. Earlier in 2018, the Port Authority embraced the Paris Climate Accords, becoming one of the first government agencies in the US to do so, pledging to take aggressive measures in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As part of that pledge, the Port Authority stated that it would have all of its airport shuttle buses be electric by the end of 2020.

The announcement regarding the new e-buses means that the Port Authority completed its pledge about three months early. The 12 new buses, thanks to their cleaner technology, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution as they transport employees and passengers between the facilities at the three airports.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole stated that they’re making aggressive steps to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, which is why they invested in a green bus fleet. Battery-operated engines, they state, reduce air and noise pollution in the areas surrounding airports, which is better for customers, employees, as well as the local communities.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton stated that all-electric buses are the future, with companies like Excellence Coaches, and governments embracing them. The Port Authority is committed to doing its part to help against climate change, he adds, and the fact that they managed to complete their pledge with the acquisition of these 36 all-electric buses is proof of that.

The all-electric buses are expected to save about 1,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 240,000 gallons of diesel. Additionally, the buses will also improve the local air quality by cutting down on annual nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions.