When most engines burn fuel, they release harmful chemicals into the air. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds can all have a negative impact on your health.1 But because all of our buses here at Foothill Transit will be 100% electric by 2030, they’ll be reducing the amount of pollutants in the air, rather than releasing them.
Here are just a few examples of the benefits of clearing the air:
Research shows that cleaner air increases life expectancy. Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you’re a health nut or a smoker, whether you’ve got a master’s degree or never went to college – cleaner air keeps everyone healthier, for longer. 2
Kids and older adults are the two groups most susceptible to lung and heart disease. Reducing air pollutants and irritants protects the most vulnerable people in our neighborhoods, making it easier for everyone to breathe. 3
When we minimize the amount of harmful chemicals released into in the air, we help to restore balance to the ecosystem and preserve our forests, lakes and rivers.2 That way everyone can enjoy the beauty of the foothills for years to come.
Continuing To Lead The Charge
At Foothill Transit, we know that cleaner air leads to happier, healthier lives for everyone. That’s why we’ve been a leader in sustainable transportation for years – and why we’re committed to having an all-electric bus fleet by 2030. Here’s a quick look at the revolutionary past, exciting present and bright future of our all-electric buses!
ALL-ELECTRIC FAST FACTS
Every year, our electric buses eliminate the same amount of emissions as 2,424 cars
Over the last six years our electric buses have eliminated 2,616 tons of greenhouse gases
Our electric buses run quieter than the average conversation
Since our electric program began, our buses have saved 200,405 gallons of natural gas
You’d have to plant 43,944 trees to reduce the same amount of emissions as our electric buses
Our all-electric bus requires no oil change, reduces maintenance costs by $135,000 and saves $225,000 in fuel costs over the course of its life