Honolulu receives $1.45 Million grant for zero emission buses
HONOLULU - The City and County of Honolulu received $1.45 Million in federal funds to add zero emission electric buses to Oahu's fleet.
"We will probably end up spending $300,000 to $350,000 for our local portion of that," said Jon Nouchi, Deputy Director of Transportation Services for the City and County of Honolulu.
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) will install infrastructure to accommodate 5 electric buses on Oahu.
"When people have a driving experience with electric, they usually don't go back," said Josh Stanbro, Chief Resilience Officer for Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency.
Senator Brian Schatz sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, he said in a statement Monday:
"I'm glad that this funding will take our state one step closer to reaching our goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2045."
"The only way we are going to get there is by making sure our transportation system is as renewable as our energy grid," said Stanbro.
One zero-emission bus can eliminate 1,700 tons of carbon pollution over 12-years. Experts say that's equivalent to taking 27 cars off the road.
"The electric vehicle market has become very secure," said Nouchi, "it's no longer like a science project anymore."
Transportation officials say if vehicle testing goes well, you can expect to see electric buses at stops on Oahu sometime next year.