Blue Water Area Transportation Commission Introduced Michigan’s First 100% Electric Transit Buses
The Blue Water Area Transit Commission (BWATC) hosted a ceremony Wednesday, July 14 at noon to introduce two Proterra battery-electric buses to the BWATC fleet, becoming the first public transit agency in Michigan to operate electric transit buses in its transportation fleet. BWATC plans to put the buses into revenue service sometime in August, 2021 after extensive staff training has been completed.
The buses and charging equipment were predominantly funded via a 2018 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) $1.5 million Low or No Emission Program award and the Michigan Department of Transportation. BWATC partnered with Proterra, the leading manufacturer of electric transit buses in North America and DTE Energy – Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy – on the award and project.