Electric buses hit Blacksburg streets on Earth Day

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Blacksburg Transit has announced five battery-electric buses will hit the streets on Thursday in honor of Earth Day.

The all-electric buses, a first for the system, will replace five conventional diesel-powered buses.

Blacksburg Transit is one of the first systems in Virginia to purchase the all-electric buses.

“These buses are just the beginning of what will someday be a fully electric fleet of buses. Our goal is that in three to four years, half of the entire fleet will be electric and we will be 100% electric in about ten years, depending on funding. This is a large step towards reducing our carbon footprint while also reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Tom Fox, Blacksburg Transit Director

On Thursday, April 22 — the first day of service — the buses will operate on the Corporate Research Center and Progress Street routes.

All buses serving these two routes on Thursday will be electric.

Blacksburg Transit was one of three transit agencies awarded funding for electric buses in 2019 from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Development of Environmental Quality.

Additional financial support for the purchase of the vehicles received from the Town of Blacksburg as well as Virginia Tech further supports their ongoing initiatives to protect the climate.

For additional information about electric buses, click here.

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