Officials and stakeholders gathered Oct. 4 in Camden to introduce NJ Transit’s first battery electric bus, which will soon enter service in the city.
The milestone comes on the heels of several recent clean energy announcements by the Murphy Administration and sets the stage for a planned transition to a complete fleet of zero-emission buses by 2040.
“Evidenced by NJ Transit’s introduction of its first battery electric bus, New Jersey continues to serve as a trailblazer in transportation innovation,” said Murphy. “It’s game-changing developments like these that testify to my Administration’s promotion of transportation alternatives that are not only more affordable and accessible, but more environmentally sustainable, especially for communities overburdened by pollution.
“Once and for all, these communities will share in the full financial and health benefits of our state’s transition to a clean energy economy,” Murphy said.
Today, NJ TRANSIT CEO Kevin Corbett was joined by Congressman @DonaldNorcross, NJ DEP Commissioner @shawnlatur, Camden Mayor @VicCarstarphen along with local, county and state officials and other stakeholders today to introduce the agency’s first battery electric bus! pic.twitter.com/0mkzLjl0Xl
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) October 4, 2022
The Camden project – a first-of-its-kind initiative for NJ Transit – will test eight battery electric buses in real-world conditions on specific routes. The transportation agency says the project will provide invaluable data and information on the effects of weather, passenger volume, road conditions and other factors on electric bus performance, including the travel distance between recharging.
The project will also review the infrastructure resources and work required to modernize NJ Transit’s bus garages so they are equipped to handle new charging stations and the power needed to energize them.
“NJ Transit could not be more proud to introduce the first electric bus in our agency’s history that will soon be picking up customers along Camden’s city streets,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. “This is an especially important first step as residents in large urban cities such as Camden often disproportionately bear the effects of air pollution.”
Added New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, “The future is now for NJ Transit, and this bus is just the first step along our transition to a more sustainable transportation system.”
The bus will be used for operator training as well as first responder training and will enter into passenger service in Camden in the coming weeks.
“This is yet another historic first for the City of Camden and NJ Transit as we introduce the first battery electric bus into service at the Newton Avenue Bus Garage,” said Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen. “This is a huge milestone towards a zero-emission fleet and a sustainable transportation system. It is so important that we reduce emissions throughout New Jersey and in urban communities like Camden.”