As part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California, has purchased six fully electric zero-emission buses, with the first set to roll out in December 2019.
Ivar C Satero, airport director, SFO, said, “SFO is an airport industry leader in sustainability and we have set big goals to achieve zero net energy use, zero waste and carbon neutrality.
“By deploying San Francisco’s first public battery-electric buses, we’re on the path to zero emissions in our ground transportation services, leading the way in our quest to be the world’s most sustainable airport.”
SFO has achieved significant success in reducing its carbon footprint and is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from a 1990 baseline, all by 2021. SFO’s carbon dioxide emissions are more than 39% below their level in 1990.
The 40ft buses will replace six aging diesel buses, eliminating more than 23.7 million pounds of greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions over their lifetime.
With powerful batteries built to last the entire daily route on a single charge, the Proterra Catalyst E2 buses can be fully charged overnight in under 4.5 hours, with a range of up to 231 miles.