KT adding 10 more buses to growing electric fleet
10 Apr 2023
Economy, Transportation, Kitsap Transit, Sustainability
Kitsap Transit’s electric bus fleet is set to increase substantially after its board moved to authorize an $11.4 million purchase of 10 new battery-powered buses.
The board voted April 4 to approve the purchase, which continues to align with the organization’s mission to transition its fleet further from the use of natural gas. “This will bring our battery-electric fleet up to a total of thirty buses, which is what we had envisioned at this point,” KT executive director John Clauson said.
Half of the new additions are set to be utilized within the routed fleet, while the other half would be integrated into the worker/driver fleet, a first for KT, Clauson said. “We’re going to be moving electric buses into that program which, personally, other than the cost of the bus, is an ideal operating situation for a battery electric bus in that it operates for a short while in the morning, it’ll be at our facility recharging, and then it’ll be fully charged ready to go,” he said.