PORTLAND, OR — Electric buses in Portland? Yes, that apparently may soon be a thing thanks to a federal grant awarded to Portland public transit agency TriMet. On Wednesday, TriMet spokesman Tommy Moore announced the new buses could be unveiled by Fall 2018; but first, Moore said, “We need to kick the tires, so to speak, of the newest generation of electric buses.”
The grant — totaling $3.4 million — comes from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and is part of the Low or No Emission Vehicle program (or, the Low-No Program), Moore said in a statement. The program officially seeks to help state and local governments fund the purchase or lease of zero-emission and/or low-emission transit buses as well as acquire, construct, and lease battery charging equipment.