The Central Ohio Transit Authority COTA is looking to decarbonise their fleet. Therefore they want to add electric buses by the end of 2019 and are currently seeking funding. The tender for a supplier will open this autumn.
COTA estimates to set up the higher price of electric buses by low maintenance and operation cost and the board of trustees authorised the agency to seek funding.
COTA has applied for a grant under a low-emissions program from the Federal Transit Administration but he acquisition could cost as much as 8.3 million dollars and so COTA is looking for other grant sources, including Volkswagen’s settlement over its “diesel-gate”.
Moreover, the agency is adding 2 million dollars in electric vehicle charging stations. The charging stations should be complete by next summer, according to bid documents seeking a project manager.
For the electric buses, COTA wants to seek bids for a supplier this autumn and to receive board approval for the purchase by the end of the year. The transit authority expects delivery of the zero emission buses in 2019 or 2020.
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