Fostering widespread electrification of modes of transportation is a crucial agenda for economic, social, and environmental entities. The electrification of vehicles within the bus industry is still in its infancy, but we have already seen the far-reaching potential of electric public transportation within states such as Washington (Satterfield, 2020). This paper provides a broad, quantitative account of the current state of transit electrification within the United States. We draw from two large-scale transit authority datasets to examine the current state of the adoption of electric transportation with an emphasis on public buses. We have discovered factors generally present in agencies that have more widely adopted and employed electric buses, and we include important implications for managers and public policymakers involved in this adoption process. Some of these important factors include the source of funds, the bus manufacturer, and the current size of the agency. We conclude with avenues for future research and insights on how to progress the electric bus industry across the nation.
University / Institution: Utah State University
Format: In Person
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Business
Faculty Mentor: Antje Graul