Leaders from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) stood in front of a pair of brightly colored new buses and a massive set of gleaming white diesel fuel tanks. They illustrated just how beneficial the switch from diesel to electric can be—for both the global environment and the local budget.
“PSTA is a national leader in sustainability, and this shows you why: it's good for our planet, and it's good for our wallets. Each electric bus reduces the carbon emissions that cause climate change, cutting them by 135 tons per year. And each one costs less to operate, saving $20,000 each year,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller.
The giant white fuel tanks at PSTA headquarters hold 88,000 gallons of diesel fuel and take up as much space as a basketball court. A fleet of 60 diesel buses will guzzle all that fuel in just six weeks , Miller said. By replacing 60 retiring diesel buses with electric ones, PSTA expects to save a total of 11 million gallons of diesel fuel over the life of those buses .
“Governor DeSantis laid out the plan to use the Volkswagen Settlement funds to invest in infrastructure for electric vehicles, and one of the largest single investments is right here in Pinellas County,” said Kelley Boatwright, Southwest Director of DEP. “We all want Florida to remain clean and healthy for the future, and this major effort in Pinellas County is a key step toward ensuring that for generations to come.”