California Mandates Electric Buses Only By 2040

DEC 17 2018 BY MARK KANE 15

No more diesel buses on the long-term horizon in California

The California Air Resources Board announced the transition to 100% zero-emission public bus fleet by 2040 in California. The zero-emission means basically all-electric, as we don’t believe much in the hydrogen fuel cells.

The first-of-its-kind plan in the U.S. is already approved and should enable to replace all 12,000 diesel buses in the state’s 200 public transit agencies to electric within 22 years. There are currently 153 zero-emission buses in the state, and it’s expected that by the end of 2020 it will be 1,000.

No later than 2029 public transit agencies will be required to purchase only zero-emission buses.

The question is how fast the transition will progress in the case of private agencies.

More details from the press release:

“The Innovative Clean Transit regulation is part of a statewide effort to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for 40 percent of climate-changing gas emissions and 80-90 percent of smog-forming pollutants. The transition to zero-emission technologies, where feasible, is essential to meeting California’s air quality and climate goals.

Full implementation of the regulation adopted today is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 million metric tons from 2020 to 2050 – the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road. And it will reduce harmful tailpipe emissions (nitrogen oxides and particulate matter) by about 7,000 tons and 40 tons respectively during that same 30-year period.

As longtime partners for clean air in California, the state’s 200 public transit agencies play a pivotal role in transitioning vehicle fleets away from fossil fuel-powered technologies to zero-emission alternatives. Eight of the 10 largest transit agencies in the state are already operating zero-emission buses, including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Transit agencies are particularly well suited for introducing these technologies.  They operate largely in urban centers, where pollution and noise are of greater concern. Their buses drive in stop-and-go traffic where conventional internal combustion engines waste fuel while idling. And their fleets run out of central depots where charging infrastructure can be installed and conveniently accessed.

Deployment of zero-emission buses is expected to accelerate rapidly in the coming years – from 153 buses today to 1,000 by 2020, based on the number of buses on order or that are otherwise planned for purchase by transit agencies. Altogether, public transit agencies operate about 12,000 buses statewide.
To successfully transition to an all zero-emission bus fleet by 2040, each transit agency will submit a rollout plan under the regulation demonstrating how it plans to purchase clean buses, build out necessary infrastructure and train the required workforce. The rollout plans are due in 2020 for large transit agencies and in 2023 for small agencies.

Agencies will then follow a phased schedule from 2023 until 2029, by which date 100 percent of annual new bus purchases will be zero-emission.  To encourage early action, the zero-emission purchase requirement would not start until 2025 if a minimum number of zero-emission bus purchases are made by the end of 2021.

CARB will continue to work with transit agencies on a successful transition and conduct regular reviews of progress.
Benefits of the regulation are many:

  • Transit-dependent riders, especially in disadvantaged and low-income communities, will breathe cleaner air and enjoy quieter rides.
  • Transit agencies are expected to save $1.5 billion in maintenance, fuel and other costs by 2050 after the full buildout of infrastructure.
  • The deployment of zero-emission buses in California will bring new workforce training and employment opportunities including high-quality manufacturing jobs to communities across the state.

Electrifying the heavy-duty transportation sector is supported by a range of government policies and programs. Public funding for zero-emission vehicles and related charging infrastructure is administered by CARB, the California State Transportation Agency, Caltrans, the California Energy Commission, and local agencies.

In addition, utilities are supporting this transition with new electricity rate designs and investments in charging infrastructure. The Department of General Services is also streamlining bus purchases through a single statewide zero-emission bus purchase contract.”

Source: CARB

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15 Comments on "California Mandates Electric Buses Only By 2040"

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big whoop.
There was a time when CA actually cared about their citizens and CARB was actually a driver of clean air.
By 2030, there will be only EV and Series Hybrids. All, regular ICE vehicles will be gone.
So CARB is not leading, but a joke.

California is leading the US with their switch to renewables. I question your assertion that by 2030, there will be no ICE vehicles–I wish that were the case, but it is not a realistic expectation.

Yep, I seriously doubt by 2030. I think maybe 80-90% new vehicles sold, to include all commercial, will be electrified but there will still be alot of old 20 year old gas clunkers around. Can’t imagine what the gas prices will be like then.

One of the deadlines in the article is that by 2029 (just 10 years and 14 days away) they won’t be purchasing anything but zero emission buses. So it’s a year earlier than your prediction that regular ICE vehicles will be gone. 10% more aggressive than you.

Your forecast is not realistic, the average age of the U.S. fleet is 11.6 years, so the only way to have zero ICE’s in 2030 will be if begining 2019 everybody in California would buy only plug-in cars. FYI it takes about 20 years to completely substitute an entire fleet of automobiles in a developed region, about 30 in a developing country.

I don’t understand people that think it is smart to crap on the people working the hardest on a project?

Why don’t you crap on Wyoming or Alabama instead?

I’ll believe it when Yuba-Sutter Transit gets some. They were using stage coaches until recently.

Big win for EVs. I hope this will help decrease the cost for batteries and possibly assist with battery R&D.

The title is misleading and should be changed, since CARB actually mandated zero-emission buses.

From the article:
“The zero-emission means basically all-electric, as we don’t believe much in the hydrogen fuel cells.”

Perhaps the title should be changed to reflect that it is an “opinion piece.”

And your title should be changed to shill for fool cells/hydrogen hoax.
What is apparent is that a large number of serial anti-Tesla posters such as yourself are in fact merely shills for the Big Oil mafia.

2040 seems reasonable given the amount of work involved. Hopefully it can be accomplished even sooner than that.

Hopefully New York, Washington D.C. and Illinois follow California’s lead.

Public transit agencies will switch to electric busses. Does this ruling include switching public school busses as well?

Here is the thing these buses cost over a million dollars a bus where are they going to get the money from grants and taxes Here is another thing as the electric companies in California keeps raising rates and getting away with and the nuclear plant is shut down its coal that crates electric to charge the buses so how is this cleaning the air up The solar plant out by las Vegas crates more pollution then San Diego and LA from the heat it generates whos leading this Telsa

I assume that such buses will be bought to replace ones that come to end of life? So a bus has to be bought anyway – the only question is powered by what?

It’s likely that a battery electric may cost more initially, but with lower fuel and maintenance costs. So overall working out cheaper, quite apart from the emissions savings.