China’s BYD electric bus company has a factory in Lancaster, California. While the vast majority of the world’s electric buses are in China, the U.S. numbers are growing. Credit: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images In the coastal city of Gulfport, Mississippi , the state’s first fully-electric bus will soon be cruising through the city’s downtown streets. The same goes for Portland, Maine—it just received a grant to buy that state’s first two e-buses, which are set to roll out in 2021. And Wichita expects to have Kansas’ first operating electric bus picking up passengers as early as this month after receiving a federal grant . As cities and states across the country set ambitious mid-century climate change goals for the first time and as prices for lithium-ion batteries plummet, a growing number of transit agencies are stepping up efforts to replace dirtier diesel buses with electric ones. Nearly every state has a transit agency that now owns—or will soon own—at least one electric bus, according to a recent report from CALSTART , a clean transportation advocacy group. Inside the future of energy. Demand for e-buses is outpacing manufacturers’ ability to supply them, resulting in hundreds of backlogged orders in […]

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