When it comes to a clean energy future, you can talk about it, or you can take action.
I recently had the pleasure of going out with the County’s Transportation Director, Dr. Chris Walton, and County staff on a test drive of the Proterra electric bus. The first thing I noticed is just how quiet the bus is when it’s on. With the A/C off, you couldn’t tell if the bus was turned on, or off. So next time you are waiting at a Broward bus stop, pull your earphones out and look up, otherwise you might just miss your bus! The ride also got a thumbs-up from our bus operator, Heidi, who said she enjoyed driving the electric bus because she didn’t have to jump back for and forth so much between the accelerator and the brake due the electric bus’s regenerative braking system.
As a member of the County’s Climate Change Task Force, I’m proud to see us taking affirmative action to reduce the impact of pollution on our air quality and climate – while saving money for residents. The County could leverage the funds from the Florida Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for the Volkswagen Settlement, and the County’s penny for transportation sales tax to build its electric bus fleet going forward. If you’re a local elected leader and want to transition your municipality’s fleet to electric vehicles, visit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s EV policy toolkit.
Given the cost savings of electric buses and the cleaner air and climate benefits, municipalities in Florida and around the country simply can’t afford anymore not to invest in electrify their bus fleets.
George joined SACE in April 2013. His focus is on advocating for state policies that sustainably ramp-up energy efficiency programs by Florida’s power companies, and that encourage meaningful renewable energy…
Since this summer, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has been meeting with local leaders from across the state of Florida on the benefits of electric transportation. These meetings have allowed us to…