What happens when you go electric? The Buses break down. What to do with 13 inoperable electric buses? Foothill Transit will pursue returning 13 first-generation electric buses experiencing multiple mechanical problems at a cost of $5 million, the transit agency’s board voted on Friday, July 23.
“With this first fleet, we have demonstrated a technical solution that for the most part has worked, but the economics behind it didn’t work,” said Barnes, during a board meeting that included a detailed report on the fleet of 32 electric buses that indicated up to 67% percent were not operating during 2019 and 2020 as maintenance costs rose.