At DART, we’ve got a lot of new. This spring, we rolled out new ways to pay, with the new version of the GoPass app. Now we’re giving you new ways to ride, with our new fleet of zero-emission electric buses!
Now rolling in downtown Dallas, these seven new buses provide clean, quiet transportation on our D-Link route. That makes two zero-emission options in downtown, joining DART Rail as the other vehicle with that distinction.
These buses really go the distance. According to recent tests by the bus’ manufacturer, Proterra, these buses are capable of going 30 miles on a single charge. They recharge fast, too, with the propulsion battery going from 10 percent state of charge to 90 percent in just 10 minutes! The bus is powered by eight battery packs -- six on the bottom and two on the top.
With seating for 28 people, DART’s new electric bus has the power to take a lot of single-occupancy vehicles off the roadway. That means it has the power to reduce a lot of pollution! It also uses 30% fewer parts than a traditional bus and does not require oil changes or exhaust after-treatments. With so little maintenance needed, this makes the bus cheaper over its lifetime than other alternatives, such as a hybrid-diesel or natural gas bus.
Rolling out an electric bus may seem like a small thing, but it can have a big impact. Per bus, emissions are reduced by 243,980 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Meanwhile, DART’s electric bus emits no tailpipe pollution. This is particularly critical in Dallas-Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. The electric fleet is one more way DART is helping to clear the air across North Texas.
It’s time to ride more, drive less, and breathe easy. Check out the new electric buses July 25 at Pegasus Plaza in downtown Dallas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.