Capital of Norway on track for all electric buses

Oslo plans to replace its 450 diesel buses with electric ones. Major cities in the U.S. can do the same.

Staff | TPIN

Oslo, Norway’s electric bus program puts the city on track to achieve an all-electric public transportation system. The city plans to replace its 450 diesel buses with electric ones and completely electrify its public transit system by 2023, as part of its push to become the first completely emissions-free city by 2030. The move will cost the equivalent of $47 million US dollars, but city officials say that it will save money in the long run due to a lower cost of operations and maintenance. If this target is reached, Oslo would also be the first capital city in the world with a completely electrified public transportation system. This comes after the city has also made major investments in pedestrian safety and walking and biking infrastructure.

Transportation makes up the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., at 27% of our total emissions. Widespread usage of public transportation does a lot to reduce transportation emissions- and it’s even better when that public transportation is electrified. Electric buses reduce planet-warming emissions, cut pollution that can cause health risks, and save cities money in the long run. Electrified public transportation is an investment in the future – and more cities in the U.S. should follow Oslo’s lead.

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