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City of Tucson adds five new electric buses to fleet

by Arizona Public Media

The City of Tucson introduced five new electric buses to its fleet. The city said this is one step towards its goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2035.

Sun Tran General Manager Steve Spade told a crowd at a bus depot in Northwest Tucson that the city plans to add five more electric buses in the spring and eliminate all diesel buses by 2028.

"The introduction of electric buses in Tucson is a step toward a cleaner environment and a sustainable energy future," Spade said.

Federal Transportation Administration grants played a major role in funding the buses, which Spade said each cost about twice as much as a diesel bus. He said Sun Tran also hopes that it will be able to buy more buses with money from the upcoming federal infrastructure bill.

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