California To Electrify Airport Shuttles By 2035

JAN 3 2019 BY MARK KANE 9

Airport shuttles are next on CARB’s list

As the transition to a 100% zero-emission public bus fleet by 2040 was secured, the California Air Resources Board is preparing another legislation for zero-emissions airport shuttles.

The idea is to require fixed route airport shuttles at California’s 13 largest airports to be zero-emission by 2035. There are almost 1,000 public and private airport shuttles operated at those airports.

Three steps are planned:

  • 33% of in-use fleet to be zero-emission by 2027
  • 66% of in-use fleet to be zero-emission by 2031
  • 100% of in-use fleet to be zero-emission by 2035

A public hearing for the topic is planned on February 21, 2019.

Source: CARB via Green Car Congress

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From article: “As the transition to a 100% zero-emission public bus fleet by 2040 was secured, the California Air Resources Board is preparing another legislation for zero-emissions airport shuttles.”
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Seems to me that this legislation that calls for zero-emissions 20 years into the future is legislation that is crafted to appear as accelerating electrification of transportation but is in-fact intentionally designed to protect legacy interests by slowing down the current pace trend of transition.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

These fleets have long lifespans. So targets in the future will affect current purchase decisions.

I was going to say that I thought they could reach the goal a lot sooner, but you do bring up a good point that the present shuttles will last a long time and it is a waste to scrap them too early.

I also can see the point…

The Stench of these diesels should give this conversion a higher priority.
Also, Disney should be doing the same thing.

I flew out of LAX over two dozen times in 2018, I’m only sharing what I see, a lot of the shuttles are plastered that they’re natural gas and or hybrids so while they’re not zero emissions, at least they’re not pure diesel…

Instead of these 2035 or 2040 goals, they should make sure that all the new purchases or replacements to be electric only.

Wow that’s just words to big themselves up just like the British Government did. We all know the economies of scale and the now frightened legacy manufacturers will accelerate the transition sooner.

2035!?
Lol….take it easy, Cali! Don’t rush into this….