One complaint I must make is in regard to the type of bus being converted to battery power. The standard 40’ bus (pictured) gets about 4mpg. Conversions to hybrid drive get about 5mpg. Further conversion to plug-in hybrid achieve an effective 8mpg. Therefore, conversion to all-battery power only achieves a minimally efficient use of fuel/energy.
For certain, we need new paratransit van models; easy boarding ‘low-floor’ for seniors and disabled, low emission drivetrains (both hybrid and all battery) for that reason as well as achieving the equivalent of 30mpg, roughly a tripling or quadrupling of fuel/energy economy. We must also note that the standard bus operates at less than 1/4 full most of the time, excluding rush hours when they are often standing room only, sure signs of ineffective system design and management using 1970’s bus drivetrain technology. To enable more people to use transit requires a doubling of convenient service frequency and justifies the increased cost with reductions in the cost of fuel/energy.
GM and Ford owe the American public new paratransit van models that could replace more than half of the standard bus fleet, but their leaders do not want mass transit taking the least larger share of the travel market. There’s too much money in selling cars and they’d rather everyone not learn why their self-driving car technology is a fraud and a ruse.