Tucson’s First 100% Electric Bus

May 14, 2020

Tucson is pleased to announce it’s first, 100% electric bus. This zero-emission electric bus improves air quality in the community and enhances service to riders. Watch the video to learn about the environmental and socioeconomic benefits of an electric fleet.

This is the first electric bus to be deployed in Sun Tran’s fleet, and will be leased for the next year. Sun Tran has purchased and expects to receive five additional electric buses later this year, paid for with funding awarded by the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low-No Emission Grant program.

Sun Tran and the City of Tucson recognize the advantages of incorporating an all-electric bus program, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering maintenance costs, and offering quality service to passengers.

Mayor Regina Romero has been a proponent of electrifying the City of Tucson vehicles. “Electric buses help improve our community’s air quality, and avoid associated healthcare expenses,” said Romero. “I encourage our community to try out our new electric bus. This is one step to making our community more climate-resilient, including electrifying our city’s vehicles and transit fleet.”

Since 2006, 100 percent of Sun Tran’s fleet is powered by clean fuel technology. Sun Tran’s fleet currently runs on biodiesel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and hybrid-electric power sources. “Sun Tran is invested in creating an innovative and smart transportation system,” said Steve Spade, Sun Tran General Manager. “Our passengers can be confident they are contributing to a more sustainable community and cleaner air.