The University of Georgia has 20 electric buses on campus with 13 more being added to the showcase fleet soon! The 40-foot electric buses emit no pollution and have lower operating costs than existing diesel powered buses, representing a tremendous step forward in reducing emissions and increasing opportunities for experiential learning and research. UGA Transportation & Parking Services plans to continue to provide sustainable transportation well into the future with a long-term goal to become a completely electric fleet.
In 2019, UGA TPS purchased 20 Proterra Electric buses as a part of the universtiy’s strategic plan to advance campus sustainability. UGA received a competitive grant from the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) for $10 million, which was matched with $7.5 million from Auxiliary Services. The University of Georgia has also been awarded $7.46 million under the Federal Transit Administration’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program to purchase an additional 13 electric buses. The funding, along with UGA’s 30% matching share, will grow the university’s fleet to 33 electric buses.
Approximate energy costs for the new zero-emission buses total less than $10 per bus per day, while the current diesel buses cost approximately $100 per bus per day. Yearly maintenance costs will decrease from $22,000 to roughly $7,500 per bus.
TPS has several local partners that have contributed to this massive project, including the Office of University Architects, Office of Sustainability, Georgia Power, Facilities Management Division, and the Department of Geography. UGA Auxiliary Services has also partnered with the College of Engineering to work with four student teams as they complete capstone projects related to electric bus technology and live field data. These projects have the potential to advance electric bus technology and improve lives through better transportation worldwide.