The first battery-electric MUNI buses have entered service, achieving a milestone in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's goal of an all-electric fleet and a carbon-neutral San Francisco by 2040.
In June of 2023, the SFMTA was awarded a Low- or No-Emission Grant for $33 million in federal funds for the the installation of electric vehicle charging stations as part of San Francisco’s Zero Emission Bus Rollout Plan.
The SFMTA has a Sustainability and Climate Action Program.
Benefits of battery-electric buses:
- Zero greenhouse gas emissions because they are powered by a battery in their operating system rather than fuel.
- Buses run on 100% greenhouse gas-free Hetch Hetchy hydroelectric power.
- No harmful exhaust that reduces air quality.
- They are easier and less expensive to maintain, which will allow the SFMTA to dedicate more resources to serving passengers.
- They significantly reduce noise levels, making them more pleasant for riders, pedestrians and neighborhoods.