Sun Tran set to launch five electric buses into service

The 40-foot GILLIG buses will enter service this fall and make Sun Tran the first transit company in the state to deploy fully electric buses.


by Mass Transit Magazine



Sun Tran in Tucson, Ariz., is readying the newest additions to its fleet for service: Five, 40-foot GILLIG battery electric buses. The buses are part of the first fully electric transit bus deployment in the state.


The new buses were funded in part through the Federal Transit Administration’s Low-No Emission Grant program and follow a one-year lease of the transit’s agency’s first electric bus, which was piloted in May 2020.


“Sun Tran is excited to introduce electric buses in the community,” said Sun Tran General Manager Steve Spade. “These buses represent cutting edge technology in the transit industry focused on energy self-sufficiency and a cleaner environment.”


Sun Tran’s current fleet mix includes compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric and biodiesel vehicles, but the goal is to transition to a zero-emission fleet.


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