Blacksburg Transit launches five electric buses on Earth Day

Leaders hope to have a fully electric fleet in 10 to 12 years

The Blacksburg Transit rolled five electric buses replacing the typical diesel powered ones.

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The newest members of the Blacksburg Transit fleet may look like any other bus, but they’re actually helping the environment.

The company rolled out five electric buses, replacing the typical diesel-powered ones.

Blacksburg Transit’s Director, Tim Fox, says Thursday’s Earth Day move is just the beginning.

Leaders want to have a fully electric fleet in 10 to 12 years. However, they hope to have half of the fleet electric in three to four years.

“The heavy-duty buses last 12 years so as they reach the end of their useful life, so our goal with the help of grant funding is that we replace it with an electric bus,” said Fox.

The newest buses will operate on the Corporate Research Center and Progress Street routes.

At this time, Blacksburg Transit has nine hybrid buses.