Reduced pollution and clearer skies are benefits of the reduction in travel due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fortunately, there are other far less disruptive ways to significantly reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions.
One way is through the zero?emission bus (ZEB) market, including Battery Electric Buses and Fuel Cell Electric Buses. As noted in recent TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) pre-published research on best practices and lessons learned in ZEB deployments, Guidebook for Deploying Zero-Emission Transit Buses, ZEBs have seen significant growth in recent years.
They can be powered by fully renewable sources, have zero harmful tailpipe emissions, and improve local air quality. As ZEBs’ market share continues to grow, the price of producing these environmentally friendly vehicles has been going down. The final report is expected by the end of 2020.