Detroit Deploys Its First Four Electric Buses

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has deployed its first four electric buses after a launch ceremony on 23 May 2022.

The Proterra electric buses will enable DDOT to deliver safe and climate-friendly transport services. The electric buses do not emit any harmful tailpipe emissions or other greenhouse gasses and are more energy-efficient than standard fossil fuel buses. The electric motors are also more reliable, less costly to maintain, quieter, and create a smoother ride for passengers compared to diesel alternatives.

Detroit Electric Buses
The new electric buses mark DDOT’s commitment to green technology and safe transit
DDOT’s Executive Director of Transit C. Mikel Oglesby said:

“DDOT is excited and proud to partner with Proterra to bring cleaner transit to Detroit. Detroiters deserve safe and sustainable transit, and we are happy to be at the forefront of this exciting technology.”

DDOT’s Shoemaker Terminal in East Detroit has been equipped with the necessary electric bus charging infrastructure to support the four electric buses, which will be assigned to routes based out of the terminal.

This launch advances the City of Detroit’s mission to develop healthy, green, and accessible neighbourhoods. The city is therefore undertaking several initiatives to improve air quality, reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions, and expand recycling services to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

The launch ceremony for the new electric buses was attended by local leadership, local sustainability experts, and leaders from Proterra.

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