Valley Regional Transit is purchasing eight electric buses to bring low-emission transportation to the Treasure Valley area.
VRT is purchasing the 35-foot buses and their charging systems from Proterra, a California company that builds heavy-duty electric transportation options. According to a press release from Proterra, VRT is their first customer in Idaho and first transit agency in the state to bring electric buses for public use.
VRT purchased the buses with a Federal Transit Administration grant for low or no emission vehicles. A quarter of VRT’s bus fleet will transition to the battery-electric buses.
“Battery-electric buses are better for the environment and offer a better rider experience for our community, and we’re excited to be working with Proterra to bring the first electric buses to Idaho,” VRT Executive Director Kelli Badesheim said in a press release.
VRT will be also be leasing the buses’ batteries. Money previously earmarked for fuel will be redirected to the battery lease.