Three electric buses added to HOP routes, recharging local Boulder bus service
Community members will now see three zero-emission HOP electric buses roaming the streets of Boulder, as the buses have officially been put into service on local HOP bus lines.
The new buses, designed and manufactured by Proterra, are 100% electric and emission-free and loaded with renewable solar energy. The buses:
- Quieter operation.
- Can travel over 200 miles on a single charge.
- They are five times more fuel efficient than standard diesel buses, with fuel efficiency of 22.2 miles per equivalent gallon (mpg-e) compared to 3.5 mpg for current diesel buses.
- Have lower operating costs than diesel buses because they do not require maintenance of an engine or exhaust system.
Electric buses operate both clockwise and counterclockwise HOP routes. The HOP has stops at popular community destinations including 29th Street Mall, Folsom Field, and downtown.
The three new electric buses join an existing HOP electric bus that was rolled back from diesel to electric in 2018.
The City of Boulder, in partnership with Via Mobility Services, which manages the HOP under a contract with the city, introduced electric buses to help the city progress towards its clean energy and climate goals . With transportation now the number one source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Colorado and the sector accounting for 29% of all GHGs in Boulder, the city passed the GoEV City resolution last year, declaring its support for the electrification of transport throughout the community. The city aims to convert all public transport and municipal vehicles, including the HOP, to 100% electric by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. L The state of Colorado also aims to reduce GHGs by 50% by 2030.
Community partnerships are essential to achieve these goals, and HOP electric buses join other efforts to electrify local transportation. Earlier this year, the Boulder Valley School District launched an electric school bus, the first of its kind in the state.
“Replacing our aging diesel bus fleet with a fully electric fleet is an important step for the city’s HOP service. Drivers and passers-by will appreciate them because they are much quieter than our regular buses and produce zero emissions, which helps make Boulder’s public spaces cleaner and greener, ”said Natalie Stiffler, deputy director of the department. of transport and mobility of the city. “SOC plays an important role in improving equity in our community, helping community members of all ages and income get to where they need to go safely and efficiently. Now, the HOP will also help Boulder make progress towards our environmental goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing sustainable travel options.
“As the city operator for the HOP since 1994, Via has looked forward to ways to make the efficient service and the environmental aspects of this mode of transport as positive as possible for the community,” said Frank Bruno, CEO of Via Mobility Services. “We are all here inspired by this development and will continue to pursue service excellence with our partners in the city, the University of Colorado at Boulder and RTD.”
Funding for the three new HOP buses is made possible through grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Volkswagen Settlement administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and partnership contributions from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) , Via and the city. The city and Via continue to seek funding opportunities for additional electric buses for the HOP fleet.
About City of Boulder
Located about 30 miles northwest of Denver at an elevation of 5,430 feet, the city of Boulder is home to 103,840 residents and the state’s largest institution of higher learning, the University of Colorado. Boulder is a world class destination with over 500 miles of public hiking and biking trails. Its spectacular landscape includes over 45,000 acres of open space. Boulder is a self-governing municipality that is self-governing under the Colorado State Constitution. Learn more about the city’s projects and programs at www.bouldercolorado.gov.
Improved mobility is the cause of Via. Founded in 1979, Via is a full spectrum mobility manager providing information and referral services on paratransit, travel training and mobility options. Via also provides a wide range of community and group educational resources related to transportation for the elderly, people with disabilities and others with reduced mobility. Learn more at www.viacolorado.org.
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty electric vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to dramatically reduce operating costs while providing clean and quiet transportation to local communities across the board. ‘North America. The company’s configurable ZX5 platform is designed to meet the daily mileage needs of a wide range of transit routes on a single charge. With industry-leading durability and energy efficiency, based on rigorous independent US testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America. For more information visit: www.proterra.com.
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2021
Samantha Glavin, City of Boulder Media Relations, 720-667-9480
Lyndsy Morse, Via Mobility Services Media Relations, 303-473-2882
Danny O’Connor, Department of Transportation and Mobility, 303-441-3217