Context: Addressing the limitations of battery electric buses
A pioneer in innovative public transport, Foothill Transit was the first operator in North America to introduce fast-charge electric buses in 2010. Today, its bus network – operated and maintained by Keolis – includes 33 electric buses, including two Alexander Dennis battery electric double-decker buses. This makes it one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the United States.
Although they offer clear environmental advantages over gas-powered vehicles, battery electric buses carry one major drawback: prolonged charging times, especially when air conditioning is in use. Due to the extended time required to recharge these vehicles, battery electric buses often suffer from outages impacting service on the transport network.