Gov. Ned Lamont and transportation officials gathered Monday in Bridgeport to celebrate the launch of the first two battery-electric mass transit buses in the state.
The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority buses are each expected to reduce gasoline consumption by 23,000 gallons a year and are capable of running 150 miles between charges, according to Doug Holcomb, CEO of the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority.
Holcomb said the buses, which were built in South Carolina, fulfill the transit authority’s mission to reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution from emissions.
“This is the first in what we expect to be a steady stream of electric buses,” Holcomb said.
Other cities around the state could also be following suit.
State Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto said the state’s goal is to get “zero pipe emissions” buses running in Hartford and New Haven and that the state recently received a federal