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Clean Air Express Electric Commuter Bus Debuts in Santa Barbara County

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Residents in Lompoc, Santa Maria, Buellton, Solvang, and adjacent unincorporated areas can now use the new Clean Air Express battery-electric bus to commute to their jobs in Goleta and Santa Barbara. The bus features a 220-mile range that easily meets the longest round trip in service of 150 miles.
The all-electric bus combined with the replacement of a diesel bus eliminates 450 tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to CO2 emissions from more than 80 residential homes’ electricity use for one year. Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) is a sponsor of the bus. It’s charged at SBCAG’s Transit Facility in Goleta with 100% renewable electricity.
“We know that transportation is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” said Santa Barbara County Supervisor and CCCE Vice-Chair, Das Williams. “A switch to cleaner, quieter, and smoother public transit options is a switch in the right direction, one that is imperative for our future – for our children and neighbors. Today we see just how the zero-emission vehicle industry’s evolving technology is changing the game for long-range transportation options improving the efficiency, experience, and commuter benefits to save energy and the environment.”

The Clean Air Express is managed by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and is funded by Measure A and the County of Santa Barbara.

Post referenced from February 2022 Newsletter: