ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Alexandria Transit Company DASH is committed to transitioning to an entire fleet of zero emissions vehicles. Today they moved closer to that goal with the debut of three new battery-powered electric buses. The buses, measuring 40 feet in length, were built by Proterra, founded in 2004.
“DASH is proud to partner with Proterra, a leading manufacturer of battery-electric buses as a part of our ongoing commitment to building a 100% zero emission bus fleet,” said Josh Baker, DASH CEO/General Manager. “The system has already seen great success with our existing electric vehicles, and we are excited to see how these perform in our community. ”
The main draw of battery-electric buses is that they do not emit any tailpipe exhaust or greenhouse gasses that have been shown to harm the environment. They rely completely on rechargeable batteries. DASH reports the new buses also offer passengers a more pleasant riding experience because the engines are more reliable, easier to maintain, and more quiet than the conventional and hybrid diesel models. These positives mean that Alexandria’s carbon footprint will decrease over time. And there’s the added bonus of passenger comfort.
The buses join others that DASH received last September. The company has also secured funding through the next four years from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Department of Rail and Public Transportation for an additional 20 buses.
DASH actively supports the city’s Eco-City Alexandria initiatives, including the Environmental Action Plan 2040, which focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation.