DART‘s got a lot of new. This spring the agency introduced new ways to pay with the new version of the GoPass app. Now DART is giving you new ways to ride with a new fleet of zero-emission electric buses.
Rolling in downtown Dallas these seven new buses provide clean quiet transportation on the 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. Eight battery packs power the bus — six on the bottom and two on the top.
The new electric buses seat 28 people which means fewer single-occupancy vehicles on the roadway. These buses also use 30 percent fewer parts than a traditional bus and do not require oil changes or exhaust after-treatments.
Rolling out an electric bus may seem like a small thing but it can have a big impact. Each electric bus reduces emissions by nearly 244000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
These new electric buses emit 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.
Learn where the D-Link route takes you at DART.org/DLink