Union of Concerned Scientists Report – Electric vs. Diesel vs. Natural Gas: Which Bus is Best for the Climate?

By Jimmy O’Dea, Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Battery electric buses range from 1.4 to 7.7 times better than a diesel bus, as shown in miles per gallon emissions-equivalency. Another way of saying this is that a diesel bus has nearly 1½ to 8 times the global warming emissions as an electric bus, depending on the region.

And the grid is getting cleaner every year. Emission rates from electricity have steadily declined the last sixteen years. Transit agencies can also choose cleaner power than what’s provided on their grids by installing solar panels and batteries on site or through renewable electricity contracts. Read more here.

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