Capital Metro is working with Austin Energy to introduce new all-electric buses to the city early next year. Students at Campbell Elementary are helping to design the look of the buses as a way for us to celebrate the future of Austin.
Austin Energy is our partner in assuring these buses will run on reliable, cost-effective, sustainable, clean energy. Austin Energy, like CapMetro, is committed to helping Central Texas become a cleaner, healthier place by powering our buses with zero-emission, renewable energy sources.
Here are just a few positive things electric buses will do for our growing city.
- Zero emissions!
Electric buses produce zero emissions. No harmful smog forming exhaust, no air pollution, no tailpipes. Fewer emissions keep our skies clear, our water clean, the earth green and the critters safe. We share this planet with plants and animals, and we breathe and drink the same air and water. Doing our part means embracing new technology that can help our local city and our overall planet.
- Electric buses are cleaner from beginning to end.
Clean has a nice ring to it. Not only do the new buses produce no emissions once they’re on our roads. But, because they’re powered by renewable Austin Energy Green Choice electricity (which comes from the sun and the wind, not fossil fuels), they avoid damaging the environment at the source too. So you can enjoy the breeze and know that it’s also helping to make smarter energy and transportation a reality.
- Electric buses are quieter.
Whether you’re riding in an electric bus or outside near them, you don’t hear the motor running, which reduces noise pollution. You can hear the air conditioner and other mechanical noises, but they are significantly quieter inside and out for people and animals.
- Electric buses emit less heat.
Less heat can be a good thing, especially in the middle of July. Standing next to an electric bus at a bus stop will be cooler and more comfortable.
- Electric buses produce less waste.
Using less oil, fluids and coolants means less waste product to dispose of. This not only makes maintenance easier, it also means there are fewer chances to spill and pollute local waterways.
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The new CapMetro bus fleet launches in January. It will be backed up by 100% Texas wind power, courtesy of Austin Energy.