As featured in the November 29, 2021 Research and Innovation Newsletter: Looking ahead, laying the groundwork to transition VTrans' fleet of 400 vehicles to zero-emission propulsion by 2050.
Brief Project Description: The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has made a policy decision to transition the state’s fleet of approximately 400 transit vehicles to zero-emission propulsion. VTrans’ plans call for 100 percent of the fleet to be powered by renewable energy by 2050. What that means for the seven transit agencies that operate in the state is adapting to a new way of thinking about providing zero-emission transit now and in the future. Electrification demands new infrastructure, training and maintenance needs, special consideration for scheduling transit services, additional capital costs, etc. This study seeks to outline a plan to assist VTrans and Vermont’s transit agencies in making decisions about which types of equipment and infrastructure to procure, and in what timeframe, based on the electrification implications on service provision, electric vehicle availability by type, infrastructure, and funding availability by source. This project will develop a comprehensive plan to reveal the costs, operational and infrastructure needs to achieve full electrification.
Presenter: Ross MacDonald, VTrans